The Lionel Manufacturing Company founded in 1900 in New York City by Joshua Lionel Cowen and Harry C. Grant and the company quickly gained a reputation for producing high-quality, realistic toy trains that were popular with children and collectors alike.
In the early years of the company, Lionel manufactured a variety of electric-powered toys, including toy cars and boats. However, it was the production of toy trains that really propelled the company to success. In 1906, Lionel introduced its first electric toy train, which was powered by a transformer and had realistic features such as smoke and working headlights.
Lionel continued to innovate and improve its toy trains, introducing new features such as automatic couplers, remote-controlled switches, and realistic sound effects. The company also expanded its product line to include a range of accessories, such as track, buildings, and scenery, that allowed collectors to create intricate and more...
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