We list our site as MARX but we collect and display all toys from as many manufacturers as we can find (and afford !) !! We have a MARX toy, in our collection, that is called ---GYRO-ZIP the FLYING TOP (please look at picture). The plunger and mechanism is very similar to the toys that shoot sparks when the plunger is pushed. This set us off on another adventure to collect sparking toys. The toys we speak of have at least one flint (like in a lighter) that when you depress the plunger rapidly, a wheel spins the flint and that flint then scrapes across an abrasive plate and sparks fly !!
We have placed some pictures of these toys on this page. We will keep updating the story and adding more sparkers as we find them. We are researching the history of their beginning and we will ad what we find. The oldest reference we have found, to date, is one that was made in Germany where' until WW-II, most tin toys were made.
We ask anyone, that has information, to write us and we will add it to this new story. If you have a special sparking toy, please send a picture so the toy world can see it !!!!
The blue toy and box J. Chein & Co. --- the small toy with butterflies is Germany (circa 1930s) --- `the black cat = maker unknown? --- the red & blue toy = unknown maker --- the toy in the bag = Hong-Kong by MIKEPHIL : the yellow,red & black toy = unknown
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