Ferdinand Strauss Co. was founded in New York City. Strauss specialized in importing tin mechanical toys and produced toys from 1914 to 1927.
Strauss hired Louis Marx, whom later founded the Marx toy company.
Strauss produced (wind-up) toys for the Abraham & Strauss Department Stores and was a pioneer in the friction tin toy industry.
Ferdinand Strauss came to the US at the age of 18 years old. He was a university graduate, and as soon as he was in the U.S. began work selling winder clothing. He was always fascinated with mechanical things, and was quite a hands-on person. Eventually, he was able to get financing to develop his love of mechanical things, and created several different types of mechanical toys. However, the company met on hard times, and Louis Marx purchased the company.
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