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Kansas Toy & Novelty

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Kansas Toy and Novelty was started in 1923 by Arthus Haynes in Clifton, Kansas.  He believed that it was he who invented the slush cast toy when he accidentally dropped a recently poured mold.

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Kansas Toy and Novelty was started in 1923 by Arthus Haynes in Clifton, Kansas.  He believed that it was he who invented the slush cast toy when he accidentally dropped a recently poured mold.

Beginning with toy #8, a coupe, the stock number was cast into the side of the car.  This may have been done so that salesmen could peddle them without needing to carry boxes of catalogs.  All toys had metal wheels and many had a metallic lacquer finish.  Unless there were several parts, bodies were all one color with black painted wheels.

The company failed in 1930 and a revival under a new owner lasted only a year.  Work was hard to find during the depression and workers and molds wandered the country producing many lookalike toys.  It's said that the true Kansas Toys were those up to #75. The next ten numbers are ascribed to the short-lived revival, and higher numbers are credited to Ralstoy and Best Toy.

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