A wonderful Louis Marx & Company, friction drive, tin litho, "Dick Tracy Squad Car No 1" circa early 1950's. Solid tin litho roof and cab in emerald green with yellow and black detailing. With closed cab, each window showing characters which include Dick Tracy, Junior, Pat Patten and Sam Catchem. "Dick Tracy" name on hood with shield logos on driver and passenger doors and profile portrait of Tracy inside each. Back has "305" license and Marx name/logo. Friction mechanism still works but sluggish and needs attention. There is overall normal play wear and a slight dent in rear door on passenger side. I would rate it a 6.0 to 7 out of perfect 10.
Louis Marx was a master of the toy world. The toy company that bears Louis Marx's name was founded in 1919 and by the 1950s, Louis Marx & Co. achieved status as the largest toy manufacturer in the world. The Marx mechanical windup toys represent some of the great classics in American toy history. The Marx windup toys were primarily produced in the Erie, Pennsylvania factory. The Erie factory was the first factory acquired by Louis Marx & Co., and produced mechanical wind-up toys and mechanical trains in the 1930's. By the 1950's, the Erie factory was producing millions of mechanical cars, tanks, and tractors annually. In the 1960's, the Erie factory also began to produce blow-molded plastics, including many ride-on toys. In 1975, the Erie factory was closed. Marx’s toys were sold at five and dime stores and also higher end retailers such as Sears and Montgomery Ward.
Louis Marx Tin Litho Friction Drive "Dick Tracy Squad Car No 1" Circa 1950's