Mickey & Donald Friction Toys
Who could resist these Marx Toys friction toys featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck? These toys date to the 1950s-1960s.
The toys stand about 4″ high and use a German-made friction motor. Friction toys are driven by springs – the spring is wound when the wheels are pushed backwards across a high-friction surface (like carpet or wood). When released, the spring unwinds, moving the toy forward.
Marx Toys was founded by Louis Marx in 1919. During the Great Depression, Marx opened factories in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, despite most businesses downsizing. In the 1950s the company became the largest toy manufacturer in the world. Reportedly, more than 1/3 of all toys being made in the US were by Marx.
Marx produced several Disney toys, including the popular Disneykins in the 1960s.
Did you own any Marx Toys items as a kid?