Fisher-Price is named after two of the company's three founders, Herman Fisher & Irving Price.
In 1930, the founders went to the International Toy Fair in New York City, bringing 16 toys with them. The first line of Fisher Price toys was unveiled at that Toy Fair. Especially meant for toddlers, the metal pull-push toys based on characters from the books of Margaret Evans Price, the wife of Irving Price. The popular characters included Dr. Doodle, a duck dressed up in a top hat and tuxedo, and Granny Doodle. At the time, Fisher-Price was essentially limited to the making of wooden toy dogs. That tradition continued on for nearly four decades. During the 1960s, Fisher-Price began to produce their famous "Little People" line, with items such as schoolbuses, farms, etc. hitting the markets. The Little People toys gained much popularity and quickly replaced the wooden dogs on Fisher-Price's production line. In 1969, Quaker Oats Company bought Fisher-Price. During the period that the Quaker Oats company owned Fisher Price, they produced a very small amount of business-oriented products, such as door alarms, as well. During the 1970s, Little People expanded to include Sesame Street characters on its line, and also the Sesame Street buildings.
In 1991, Fisher-Price was spun off from Quaker, and in 1993, it merged with Mattel . Then, after Mattel acquired the Tyco Toys brand in 1997, Mattel decided it would market all of its infant and preschool products under the Fisher-Price name.
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