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Posted 5 years ago


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Textbook authentic wear and alligatored paint on this folk art dog pull toy. Not shown is a tack on his neck, by the yellow leash, for a string. Depression era make-do toy? 8" long, 7" tall. Possible this was a craft project with a template sold (or shown) in a home craftsman or popular mechanics type publication. (See notes, as a brilliant follower provides information on what this toy actually is!)

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Hi Jim
    I believe your wonderful dog is factory made . The painting says factory to me so I took a chance and found 2 similar by Kraft Toy Co . Love him
    The painting of eyes is same as well as construction . I did not find a dog but what do you think ? I think your might be a bear not a dog ?
  2. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    He is a dog you were right here he is
  3. JimLinderman JimLinderman, 5 years ago
    That's GREAT, and there he is. I had the date right! Hilarious. I was thinking it was a template toy...built at home but from a diagram and instructions commonly available from hobbyist magazines of the era. Good Work!
  4. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Glad we found him and know who made him also . He is a treasure I love old toys :-) Thanks for sharing him with us .
  5. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    The Toy Kraft Company
    Wooster, Ohio
    1916 – 1950

    By 1927, the company was shipping over a million colorful wooden toys a year around the country. In the 1940’s Toy Kraft introduced a cheaper cardboard material in their toy production which effected the quality of their toys. Toy Kraft’s earlier toys can be identified by a white sticker that reads “Duckartoys Toy-Kraft Toys.” Their later toys are identified by a square sticker that reads “The Toy-Kraft Co. Studios” and then “Toy-Kraft, Inc. Wooster.” Toy Kraft’s original toys were made with ponderosa pine and included lead-based oil paints.

    In 1940’s the company was sold to Bauer Manufacturing Company and in 1950, the company filed for bankruptcy. A Wooster, Ohio company is currently reproducing Toy Kraft’s designs – but they have to use different wood, white pine, plywood and fiberboard, since ponderosa pine is no longer available. Reproduction toys have the later sticker “Toy-Kraft, Inc. Wooster”.

    For more information on Toy Kraft, visit Old Wood Toys at:
  6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    this is sooo cute!

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