Located in Arora, New York, Fisher-Price is an American Company founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, his wife Margret Evans Price, and Helen Schelle. The eclectic backgrounds of these 4 founders provided a perfect dynamic for Fisher-Price to design and develop industry-changing toys. The goal was to build quality toys with strong construction, intrinsic play value and still remain within a reasonable price range. Early toys were made of heavy steel and ponderosa pine. In the 1950’s Fisher-Price identified plastics as a material they could use to make bright colors and durable decorations. The “Buzzy Bee” was the first toy to use plastic and during the 1950’s over 39 toys were manufactured by Fisher-Price incorporating plastics. In 1969, Herman Fisher retired and Fisher-Price Company was bought out by Quaker Oats Company. In the early 1990’s the company was purchased again by Mattel Toys. In 1997 Mattel decided to market all of its preschool products under the now well-recognized name of Fisher-Price. To this day Fisher-Price remains a reliable name for infant supplies and preschool games and toys. Since its founding in 1930, Fisher-Price has produced over 5,000 unique toys.
The photo below shows the first Fisher-Price Toy to be made in part with plastic, the “Buzzy Bee”. This toy is for sale in The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village along with many more vintage and antique toys. To see our full selection stop by The PAST Antiques on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut and check back next week for another Trivia Tuesday from The PAST!