28 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Treasures in Unlawful Hands :: Marklin Museum Robbery 2005

Treasures in Unlawful Hands :: Marklin Museum Robbery 2005

The break-in in the Märklin Museum on the night of the 17th January 18, 2005 and the theft of valuable historical items shook not only Märklin, but also the whole tin toy collector and model railway scene. Over 2 months was suggested, and wanted suspects. The outrage in the scene was clearly noticeable on open […]

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30 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

MÄRKLIN – Fabrik feiner Metallspielwaren: A historical review

MÄRKLIN – Fabrik feiner Metallspielwaren: A historical review

THE BEGINNING, 1859 The founder of Märklin (also “Marklin” and “Maerklin” more commonly in the US) was Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin (1817-1866), a master tinsmith. He moved to the small southern German town of Göppingen with his second wife Caroline (his first wife had died) in 1856, where he purchased the “Resident-rights” from the city […]

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20 January 2011 ~ 14 Comments

Märklin during World War II

Märklin has survived several generations of ownership, three factory relocations, eight gauges of toy trains, and two world wars, but the most crucial and undoubtedly pivotal time was during World War II.  With its introduction of 00 Scale in 1935, Märklin faced huge potential; the smaller scale required fewer raw materials and the dream of […]

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13 September 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Marklin Boxes: Stamps, Labels, and Patterns (Part I)

The Marklin boxes changed frequently over the years, from being wooden crates in the early 1900s to the boxes of the 1960s with colorful graphic drawings and cardboard inserts.  The boxes of the 1940s – 1950s, however, are the most interesting because the effects of the war often changed production runs and the materials available. […]

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15 August 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Märklin Factory Letter – 1956

Märklin Factory Letter – 1956

In 1956, Märklin was still feeling the effects of the Second World War as they had to adapt to the changing environment in Europe. The following letter below was sent from the Märklin factory to a collector in Illinois in the year 1956. What brings particular interest to this letter and especially its historical resonance, […]

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