With a name like Chein you might not suspect that Chein was located in New Jersey. Founded in 1903 by Julius Chein, this company is known for their exceptional lithographed metal toys. Most of them being mechanical.
One of the more notable lines of toys was the Hercules series of vehicles. First introduced in 1925, these toys made of heavy-gauge tin or better known as stamp steel. They sold for between $1.00 - $1.25 back in the 1930's.
Some other examples of popular and highly collectible Chein toys are merry-go-rounds, space pistols, clowns, vehicles, people, animals, comic characters, banks, seasonal items (Halloween), globes, and construction vehicles to name a few. Many of these were either mechanical or had an action.
Chein manufactured toys until 1979 and are still in business today producing utilitarian products.
By David Moncrief
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