Here is a photo of a 1901 Olds replace built by the Bliss Co. in Canton, Ohio. The people are my Grandmother Eva Balough, and my father Charles Balough Jr. This was in April 1959 in Hills and Dales, Ohio.
Bliss made about 500 of these, before the nostalgia craze fell off. The Bolt's Antique Tool Museum here in Oroville has one, although it's in storage. Quite a few of them have survived too!
There is one pretty close to me but the owner lives out of state so it is just sitting there and the mother can't sell it because she don't know what he wants for it. If it wasn't for that she would give it to me.....it would be fun to play with.
Most of our mom's threw out our baseball cards or comic books, or gave away our train sets, why doesn't she just give it to you???
(who kept the train sets, but Mom was terror on comic books--"Rubbish!" & I never had baseball cards, oh well.)
I still have my electric trains and a couple wind up trains. We couldn't afford American Flyers and Lionel trains, so I settled for Marex(sp) trains.
Well, if you've hung on to the, you have the last laugh, as after decades of being ignored by the mainstream toy train collectors, they are finally coming into their own. MarX was the Model T of toy trains, simple, but rugged & reliable.
While I'm a Flyer guy, I do have a little bit of MarX myself.
Probably because he has it parked in his Mother's garage in her way and he says he would sell it but he won't tell her how much he wants for it because he probably don't know or he really doesn't want to let it go so it continues to sit there in her way. She hates it and would give it away to get it out of her way but she is afraid he will be upset with her if she gets rid of it. So her hands are tied and it continues to just sit there. That's just the way it is......
My Mother never got rid of any of my stuff without consulting with me either so I gotta respect that.
When my Mother passed away the 4 kids in my family were in our 20's. She was 47 when she passed. My Dad married another lady and she took all my Mother's stuff, wedding photos, wedding dress, letters from my brother and I when we were in Viet Nam and on and on. If she could have she'd have thrown away the old '47 Chevy coupe and old Kay guitar that my mother gave to me. But I took it out of there before she could. Then after she died my Dad married another old bag from Pennsylvania. She threw all of the stuff that had belonged to us kids including electric train, toy trucks, baseball gloves, everything. But they both missed throwing out 3 or 4 old marx train sets that my Dad had brought home from a used junk store for me one day. He knew I liked trains and brought them home in an old wooden box. About 10 years ago I dug them out of storage and set them up to see if I could get them to work. I found a bunch of old track and put it together with the switches and one of the old marx transformers. The electric worked and the wind-ups worked after dumping some gun oil on them. I had fun playing with them for a couple days and then I put them back in a box and when I moved out of the house after my marriage I brought them with me. But one thing that really surprised me was the Joyline train I found. It had to be from the 20's. The engine was repainted and the tender was too but the cars and I think there are 6 of them are all just like original. Now I'm thinking I've got to get into that box and start playing with some of that stuff again. You guys, I swear, I started telling this and thinking about my Dad and Mom and it made my eyes start to water. Thanks for the memories.