The Kenton Hardware Company was a toy manufacturer based in Kenton, Ohio, USA. The company was founded in 1890 by George Duncan and began producing cast iron toys in the late 1890s. Initially, Kenton produced a wide range of cast iron toys, including horse-drawn vehicles, banks, and trains. In the early 1900s, the company began producing toys with moving parts, such as wind-up cars and mechanical banks. In the 1920s, Kenton began to focus more on producing toy trucks, which quickly became one of their most popular products. These trucks were made with intricate details and features, such as working steering wheels, opening doors, and moving parts. During the Great Depression, Kenton faced financial difficulties and was eventually purchased by the National Novelty Corporation in 1934. Despite this, the company continued to produce toys, including trucks, airplanes, and military vehicles, until the late 1950s when production ceased.
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