Tootsie Toy

In 1922 Samuel Dowst of the Dowst Manufacturing Company in America used his granddaughter’s name for a range of metal furniture for dollshouses, calling it Tootsie Toys. In 1934, the company (which had been bought out by Nathan Shure's Cosmo Manufacturing Company in 1926) changed the materials used in Tootsie Toys from lead to mazac - a zinc-based alloy that was more durable and lighter. Despite the depression, they survived by maintaining their penny toy ethos and diversifying into making planes and trains as well as cars and dollshouses.

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