Whoever played with this Marx garage--and I assume it was a boy--he sure was gentle with his toys. Nothing like my brothers. There are no dents or creases anywhere. The lithography is excellent. No one wrote on it anywhere or drew screaming faces in the windows. Nobody shot it up with their bb gun. Nobody put firecrackers inside of it and had car fires. The door is still on the toy AND it's not dented, either. (I'm thinking my little brother here.) There is a bit of scuffing on the garage door and some very small scrapes on the roof. That is it.
The photo makes the roof look dented---it is not. No dents.
Production of tin toys ceased during WWII, so this is a post war toy--1947 to early 50s. This toy garage gives us a glimpse into the type of houses that were being plunked down on tracts of land all over the U.S. after the war--creating suburbia. A toy garage meant a toy car, and Marx made those as well. A Marx convertible would fit in this wonderful garage nicely.
The dimensions of this garage is 9" long--garage only. The base extends another inch in front, and a half inch on the sides. It's 7.5" wide and 7.5" tall at the peak of the garage. The garage door is 5.5" wide and 4.5" tall, per any car that can fit inside of this garage. The garage door does not go all the way up and I don't think it was meant to.
Under the "Marshall Plan", many metal toys were being made in Japan in the 1950s. Marx toys were made in the United States, as the Marx logo proudly claims. That was a big plus to most Americans, still quite sensitive about Japan so soon after the war.
Please ask any questions--they're always welcomed. The photographs tell the tale, so study them closely. Thanks so much for checking in.
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