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Favorite Marx Toy Christmas Memory

Marx Toy Museum - Sunday, December 11, 2011

Favorite Toy Marx Christmas Memory

For over 50 years, the toys of Louis Marx & Co were a part of Christmas mornings for generations of children around the world!!!  During the 1950's and 60's, it was stated that one-third of all toys in the U.S. were Marx toys.  And in the 1955 issue of Time Magazine, Louis Marx was reported to be the real life Santa to thousands of children through his donations of toys to organizations and orphanages throughout the world.

As the Christmas season is now upon us, we reminisce those childhood memories of waking up on Christmas morning with gifts neatly wrapped under the tree.  For many, the world was a different time, when getting a gift or a toy was NOT an everyday reward as it often is today, but it was a time when children would wait all season long for that special toy - making the holidays all the more memorable!!! 

What Marx toys were a part of your Christmas memories???

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Burton Northon commented on 13-Dec-2011 12:17 PM
This is my earliest memory. In 1955 I was hospitalized with pneumonia just before the Christmas holiday, I was four years old. Everything was going along fine and I was due to be released in time for Christmas at home. On the evening before Christmas Eve
(with me due to be released the next day) a nurse's aid left the locking latch on the rail sided children's bed in which I slept, unsecured, In the night I woke up and stood up in bed and leaned against the railing which, of course, collapsed and pitched be
out of bed on my noggin'. Luckily I was hard headed even then and got off with nothing more than a concussion. Unfortunately, having the concussion meant I had to stay another few days in the hospital because they didn't know how seriously I had been hurt
and wanted to keep me around for a while. I got ice cream Christmas Eve, and a visit from not only my mom, but my aunt's and uncles each with a little gift. Most of the gifts were bags of toy soldiers, cowboys, or knights. Some were Marx, some Lido, some Ideal,
some Tim-Mee, but all were cherished and well played with for years to come. Christmas morning brought a visit from Santa Claus and the two doctor's who owned the hospital. From them, I got a Marx Army and Air Corps playset, a Marx Western Ranch, a huge metal
airliner, and a couple other things which have slipped from my memory. I was hooked and from that time until the Christmas before I I graduated high school in 1969, I asked for Marx playsets for Christmas. Each one carefully selected from the pages of the
Sears, Wards or Penney's catalogs and prayed for relentlessly. 1967 and 1968 turned up dry because mom thought I was getting too old for toys. (The toy collecting thing hadn't been thought up yet) I bought sets for myself in 1972 and 1973 in anticipation of
having my own children to give the sets to. My grandkids and I play with them even now and wish that all the new stuff from CTS and Conte, etc. was just a bit less expensive so we could have more of it. The days of $.99 bags and $5.00 play sets are, sadly,
gone but we still have our memories to which we cling. There is never a guilty feeling doctor around when you need one. Merry Christmas to all. Mom stopped getting them for me in 1967
Outlier Babe commented on 25-Dec-2011 12:14 AM
The incomparable Troll Village has stayed in my memory for decades. I found your site yesterday as I was wrapping up my blog post about it (I miss that village so, but particularly the battling brothers--those of the blue clubs--and the little grey elephant):
Carolynrw commented on 26-Dec-2011 07:07 PM
My grandfather was an engineer for the B&O railroad in Benwood
Jim Clouse commented on 03-Jan-2012 01:26 PM
Growing up in rural southeastern KY, I was one of those kids who didn't even know what new toys were available for Christmas each year until we received our Sears' Wishbook in the mail. Christmas ALWAYS included Marx toys from playsets (quite a few) to
bagatelles to Johnny West and Stony, onto slot car sets as I entered my teen years. Great memories and fun with Marx. Continued success with the museum - I hope to visit someday! Jim
Alvin Shier commented on 05-Jan-2012 05:40 PM
My memory of Christmas and Marx was the sparking crawler caterpillar I got around 1953-4. I wore this toy out before the end of the year, I played with it so much. I remember the multiple blocks of wood I got this marvelous toy to crawl over. I'm 64 now
and remember this like it was yesterday. Today I write about those experiences and those toys in Old Autos newspaper in the column Pollution Free Motoring. It is still a lot of fun. Cheers Alvin Shier, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Dave commented on 29-Jan-2012 10:55 PM
My favorite Marx memory is being the first on my street to get the Big Wheel. Although it wasn't long before everyone had one!!!
Mary T commented on 08-Feb-2012 06:57 PM
I can remember so many Christmas memories filled with Marx toys.
playmobil hospital commented on 02-Apr-2012 09:47 AM
Kids love to receive toys from Santa Claus during Christmas season that's why they always wait for this time to come. Usually parents are the one who will put toys under their Christmas tree to make their kids happy.
Mitch Sump commented on 20-Jun-2012 01:26 PM
It would be a toss up between Johnny West and Midnight (A black TBolt) or the next year when Geronimo and Des Moines (A bay Buckskin) showed up. Both great memories!
Richard Puder commented on 17-Oct-2012 05:25 PM
today going thru old storage boxes. i found an old order form. for my old marx .027 ga. train set. and that set off memories. and lead me to this site. remembering setting up my trains under the tree. running it all the time thru the holiday with the smoke going. and mom yelling about the smell and smoke in the apt. as i grow up i moved to ho style and handed the big box of trains to my cousin for his kids. i sure hope they had fun as much as i did. wish i still had that train set. what memories thank you louis marx

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