Train set

W. F. Hafner & Co.ca.1950s

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

William F. Hafner founded his toy company in Chicago in 1901 to produce wind-up automobiles. By 1905, his concern had settled on W. F. Hafner as its name, and it changed ist operations to produce clockwork trains. Soon after, Hafner entered into a partnership with William Coleman to begin American Flyer, a company that eventually became one of the four toy companies that dominated the toy train market. Hafner, however, left American Flyer and founded his own Hafner Manufacturing Company making O-guage wind-up trains from 1914 to 1951. At mid-20th century, the Hafner firm was sold to the All Metal Products Company.

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  • Title: Train set
  • Creator: W. F. Hafner & Co.
  • Date Created: ca.1950s
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: transportation, train
  • Type: Transportation Toys, Mechanical Toys
  • Medium: metal, paint
  • Object ID: 112.5885
  • Credit Line: Gift of Robert G. Burgio