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A look at Marx's offerings in the 1950s

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A look at Marx's offerings in the 1950s
Posted by Leverettrailfan on Thursday, August 19, 2021 1:46 PM

With some projects on hold for the time being, and needing something to give me a change of scenery, I set about doing something I'd been meaning to do for quite some time: scanning my Marx Accessory Catalog. It came in a boxed Marx set with a Silver, Red, and Maroon M10005 (Small motor loco + 3 cars), however I question if the box, train, and components are original to eachother. Regardless, I've been wanting to scan the catalog for some time now, and finally the job is done!

Unfortunately it's suffered a number of injuries prior to my ownership, including some Silverfish damage which is especially severe on the last page. 
I believe it to be from the 1950s based on the assortment of items cataloged, but perhaps the more knoweldgable Marx collector can advise.

I have uploaded my scans to archive.org, where you can read the whole thing in browser- and/or download it as a pdf. Enjoy!

Louis Marx & Co. Accessory Catalog c.1950s


-Ellie

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, August 19, 2021 4:08 PM

Even with the damage, which could have been a LOT worse, that catalog's a neat little time capsule!

Thanks for posting it!

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Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, August 19, 2021 5:56 PM

Thank you!  Bow

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Friday, August 20, 2021 2:02 PM

Glad it's brought a few smiles to people's faces! I'll have to go poking around to see what other paper goodies I have that could be scanned at some point. I would be surprised if there was nothing else worth sharing!

-Ellie

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Posted by dsmith on Monday, August 23, 2021 9:00 AM

Thanks for sharing!  I love to see the old Marx.

  David from Dearborn  

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 11:46 PM

dsmith

Thanks for sharing!  I love to see the old Marx.


I'm glad you're enjoying it! It's a neat little bit of history.
-Ellie

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Posted by marxalot on Thursday, August 26, 2021 8:26 PM

Thanks so much for posting this and the link! Great stuff to see. It sure covers a lot of the Marx equpment line. I swear that one locomotive looks like the old 999 and then there is the 1895, 4-6-4 in plastic. Wow! Thanks again!      Jim K

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Posted by dlagrua on Friday, August 27, 2021 9:48 AM

Thanks for posting. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY there were many toy stores back then. Most stocked Lionel and Marx. As a young boy in the late 1950's I had a Lionel 2046 engine set but I never had enough money to buy Lionel accessories. If I could scrape up $2 I'd go buy a Marx accessory like a crossing signal. While Marx quality was lower they looked nice and offered play value. When into my teens I found some work as a delivery boy and went back to purchasing Lionel accessories. Those were great days.

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Posted by AF53 on Sunday, August 29, 2021 9:43 AM

Awesome!

Thanks for sharing.

Ray

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Friday, September 3, 2021 11:38 PM

Thanks for the kind words, all! So happy it's brining back fond memories for folks, I figured it would be well recieved Big Smile

I must say, looking through this catalog is fun, but it's also dangerous- now I find myself craving all kinds of Marx goodies! I may be keeping a keen eye out when the annual train show in my area rolls around.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, September 4, 2021 9:11 AM

Leverettrailfan
I must say, looking through this catalog is fun, but it's also dangerous- now I find myself craving all kinds of Marx goodies! I may be keeping a keen eye out when the annual train show in my area rolls around.

Could be worse, most Marx stuff goes for very  reasonable prices!

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Posted by dlagrua on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 3:47 AM

If I am not mistaken the tooling of some of the Marx accessories is still around and the lighting stuff is/was reproduced.  IIRC, RMT, and MTH may have sold them..

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