Marx Toy Guns 1950
Louis Marx and Company was a toy manufacturing company in the United States that started production in 1919 and which ended in 1978. The toys that they manufactured included tinplate buildings, toy soldiers, toy guns, mechanical toys, action figures, dolls, doll houses, toy cars, and toy trains. The toy boxes bore the logo 'MAR' in a circle, emblazoned with a large X. The tag line printed on the boxes was 'One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?' The low cost toys were sold in small-time stores while the costlier ones were sold by big retailers. Production of the toy guns began in the 1950s, part of which was carried out in Japan. The guns came in three colors: black lacquer, silver chrome, and gold chrome. The black lacquer colors ranged from dark gun metal grey to jet black, while the gold chrome varied from tarnished silver to brassy yellow. The guns produced in Japan were painted black or were nickel-plated, without chrome. Some of these Japanese miniature guns made in the 1950s included the Black Triangle series, Six Shooter series, and Line-Mar series. Some of the toy guns sold in the United States in the 1950s included the Famous Firearm Deluxe Boxed set and the Collector's series. Marx toy guns are still well-known among toy collectors.