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BY NORMAN ROSE
Winchendon, Mass., Dec. 23. The
busiest season America's famous
"Toytown" has ever known is about
to end here as a result of the close
proximity of Christmas!
Thanks to America's Nuremburg,
Winchendon, Mass. (official geog
raphy name), the shortage of toys
predicted at the outbreak of the war
is nullified. For toytown has been as
busy as a beehive all summer, fall and
Rocking horses, drums, ten pins,
Noah's arks, have been pouring from
Toytown in a constant stream to fill
the rush orders from American mer
chants. It's a wonderful place, is Toytown.
But don't you say Winchendon to
anybody in Toytown! The folks there
like their unofficial name a whole lot
better than they do the official one.
With something less than half the
town's population making its living
out of the toy industry; with the big
gest toy factory in the whole world
whirring and buzzing and hammering
away in their midst is it any won
der they feel proud of their unofficial
Nuremburg, in Germany, every
body knows, is the famous toy city of
the old world. When the war started,
American merchants gasped, "We
will get nothing from Nuremburg!
What will we do for toys?"
Could those merchants but alight
at the railroad station in Toytown
and behold the great rocking horse,
18 feet high, proudly champing his
bit and glaring at every locomotive
that rolls past him, they would take
There is Toytown's proclamation
and challenge the biggest rocking
horse in the world is the first object
that meets the eye of every visitor to
Toytown, and he stands for Toy
town toys an output that would
have taken very good care of all the
Santa Clauses in America, even if
Nurenburg hadn't gotten a fair per
centage of its shipments into this
country before the war began
which, as a matter of fact, Nurem
It was 38 years ago that Morton E.
Converse started Toytown's first toy
factory, with 25 men. Today there
are two Converse factories, employ
ing some 500 hands, and there is a
third factory, that of the Mason &
Parker Co., with about 200 people.
The annual output of these three fac
tories "runs into millions of dollars
the number of toy-filled freight cars
which the big rocking horse has sped
on their way, from his perch beside
the depot, would undoubtedly make
the good folks of Nuremburg gasp.
If those German toymakers have
been thinking they were making the
world's toys, they've got another
guess coming. And for those of us
on this side who may have been
thinking the same thing it's just an
other case of "see America first!"
Of all the toyslnade in America,
Toytown n$w produces about two
thirds of the toy drums, and more ,
than half the rocking horses, black
boards, dolls' trunks and musical
It turns out enormous quantities
of Noah's arks, tool chests, tenpins
and practically everything else to be
found at a toy counter.
The war has boomed business in '
Toytown this year, but the toy manu
facturers expect it to boom still more
next year, and even for three or four
years to come.
They, argue that the blow which
the war must have dealt the German
toy industry will bu far more in evi
dence next year than it was this sea
son. Usually the Toytown factories run
about 8 months a year. This season
they expect to reojen at New Years, ,
after a very short Christmas shut-