Elastolin is a trademark used by the German company O&M Hausser for the toy soldiers and other types of figures it manufactured from composite material and later from plastic. The Hausser firm was founded in 1904 by Christian Hausser and his sons Otto and Max. The factory was situated in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart.
In 1910, the company began producing toy soldiers from a new material called Elastolin, which was a mixture of sawdust, glue, and pigments. This material was much more durable than the traditional lead soldiers, and it allowed Hausser to produce figures with a much higher level of detail.
Elastolin figures quickly became popular, and the company became one of the leading toy manufacturers in Europe. During World War I, Hausser produced figures of both German and Allied soldiers, and these figures were used by children all over the world to play war games.
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