BY KEN FOUST
EVERY OLD TOY we find was once in a store, but how did it get there? Reference books and old toy catalogs go a long way toward telling us who made what when; but purchase orders, packing slips, and waybills tell us which toys were shipped and how they were delivered.
Unfortunately, most of those fascinating bits of ephemera were discarded soon after the merchandise arrived. Even the ones that were archived at the plant or the store were generally destroyed when either one closed. Still, a few survive. Recently I was able to acquire a small but interesting assortment of them. I hope you’ll enjoy looking at a few of them as much as I have.
The forms were used in the 1920’s and 1930’s by Kenton, Hubley, Arcade, Kingsbury, and Keystone; and all of them accompanied orders sent to J.
Solomon & Company of New London, Connecticut. J. Solomon began as a general store in 1902, and I’m happy to say they’re still very much in business.