Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Marx Air Force Rescue Battalion Helicopter

Today we have a terrific tin-litho helicopter from Marx with wind-up motor.  For those who are unfamiliar with Marx, it was at one time considered the largest toy company in the world with factories in Asia, Europe, Mexico, South America, Canada, and of course the U.S..  They had an absolutely prodigious output and made toys of all sorts.  They are particularly known for their tin-litho toys and these remain some of the most popular  collectibles amongst toy collectors.  This helicopter was made in 1966, which we know because of the unusual inclusion of the date, in Roman numerals, on the fuselage.  It's a little unusual in that it's marked as "Air Force Rescue Battalion" - the Air Force wasn't organized into 'Battalions', but rather 'Squadrons'.  Oh well, it's just a toy after all.  I've always enjoyed the lithographed details that Marx put on their toys and this is no exception, just look at all that activity shown through the windows!  Enjoy!