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Original U.S. 1950s 1960s Marx Tin Lithographed Toy Tank Collection - Set of Three - Formerly A.A.F. Tank Museum Collection

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. This set of toy tanks from the 1950s and 1960s includes the following pieces:

- 1950s MARX Tin Lithographed Wind Up "U.S. Tank Division" wind up Today tank. The tank is not functional and one rubber track has torn.

- 1960s Vintage HTC Japan U.S Army Tin Lithographed M-61 Battery Powered Toy Vehicle - functionality unknown.

- 1960s Vintage HTC Japan U.S Army Tin Toy Battery Powered "Remote Control" Tank - functionality unknown.

The tank came to us from the American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank and Ordnance Memorial Museum. The AAF Tank Museum was a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. Before 1981 some of the artifacts that make up the AAF Tank Museum was a private collection belonging to Mr. William Gasser. Mr. Gasser felt that his collection would be beneficial in educating present and future generations to the sacrifices made and the technologies gained during war. Therefore, in 1981 the AAF Tank Museum was established as a non-profit charitable organization, and Mr. Gasser's donated his private collection to the Tank Museum. Mr. Gasser is still active as Volunteer Director and Curator of the Tank Museum and his knowledge of military history has been a great asset to the museum. Unfortunately after 20 years of operation it had to close its doors, which is when this tank was acquired.

Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1919 to 1980. They made many types of toys including tin toys, toy soldiers, toy guns, action figures, dolls, toy cars and model trains. Some of their notable toys are Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Big Wheel tricycles, Disney branded dollhouses and playsets based on TV shows like Gunsmoke. Its products were often imprinted with the slogan "One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?"

Marx is well known by collectors and some kids for making good quality toy soldiers. These sets were often known as ''Battleground'', offering Germans and Americans. Though there also were Pacific sets, which had Japanese soldiers and combat planes, such as the Zero.

Some of their most popular sets were ''Navarone'' (basing on the film), ''Iwo Jima'', ''The Alamo'' (basing on the film) and more sets based in movies and series, such as The Gallant Men, specially in John Wayne and the films he was in.
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