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Service Stations, Transportation, & Construction

Marx believed that children enjoyed playing with toys that they would see in real life, and as a result, his toys stopped nothing short of anything and everything children might see from day to day. From dump trucks to garbage trucks, road graders to telephone trucks, tractor trailers to car haulers, army trucks to fire engines, if it was out there and driving on the road, Marx created a toy to its liking. Marx produced a wide variety of service stations in all forms from single levels to three level car garages, service stations with elevators, service stations with car washes. And a construction set in a four foot sandbox could open the imagination of any child...

Service Station

 Transportation

 Construction

Marx believed that children enjoyed playing with toys that they would see in real life; his toys stopped nothing short of anything and everything children might see from day to day!!!

From dump trucks to garbage trucks, road graders to telephone trucks, tractor trailers to car haulers, army trucks to fire engines, if it was out there and driving on the road, Marx created a toy to its liking. These toys were known as the Marx "PT" Push Toys...toys that did not have any wind-up or mechanical mechanism, but would be pushed for play value. The majority of these pieces were produced in the Glen Dale factory starting in early 1930's through the 1970's
It has been reported that in 1946, the Glen Dale factory automatic paint line dipped and baked approximately 3.5 million toys per month. In addition to the Marx LUMAR decals, Marx licensed brand names so that children and adults alike could associate with the toys produced.

Oklahoma Tire & Supply    Bud Bowman's Milk Express
Marx produced a wide variety of service stations in all forms from single levels to three level car garages, service stations with elevators, and service stations with car washes. Throughout service station production, it could be estimated that over 100 variations of service stations were produced.
Other playsets included warehouses and truck terminals in which playsets filled with trucks and accessories often converted in to the buildings.
From 1964 to 1971, Marx produced the promotional vehicles for the Hess Oil Company. The photo below shows the 1964/5 Mack B-61 tanker truck (the first truck), the 1967 "Red Velvet" Hess truck, and the 1970/1 Hess Fire Truck.
In addition to the larger construction related metal pieces, Marx also produced a construction playset. The playset included a variety of hard plastic construction related vehicles and equipment, a tin building, and construction figures to bring the set to life.
In a sandbox, a construction playset could open the imagination of any child!
And remember, not all transportation toys were designed for the ground travel, Marx also produced a few airplanes!!!

The Official Marx Toy Museum displays transportation toys from the 1930's thru the 1970's
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