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Hornby, Frank (1863–1936), toy manufacturer, was born at 77 Copperas Hill, Liverpool, on 15 May 1863, the only son of the three children of John Hornby, provisions dealer, and his wife, Martha Thomlinson. He was educated at local council schools until he obtained employment as a shipping clerk, working with several companies until he was thirty-eight. In 1887 he married ...

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Katz, Arthur (1908–1999), toy manufacturer, was born on 21 March 1908 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, the son of Hermann Katz (1876–1917) and his wife, Regine, née Ullmann (1885–1977). Both parents were of Jewish descent and had been born in Nuremberg, Germany. Two years after his father's death ...

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Malloch, Peter Duncan (1852–1921), fishing tackle maker and naturalist, was born in Almondbank in Methven parish, Perthshire, on 15 July 1852, the second son in the family of at least four sons and one daughter of Joseph Malloch (1820–1890), a beetler (bleach worker) in the bleachfields serving the linen industry for which ...

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Odell, John William [Jack] (1920–2007), businessman and toy manufacturer, was born on 19 March 1920 at 736 Holloway Road, Islington, London, the elder son of William John Odell, bus driver, and his wife, Alice Esther, née Williams. Expelled from council school at the age of thirteen for what he later described as rebelliousness, he failed to find regular employment, drifting from ...

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Robertson, Allan (1815–1859), golfer and golfball maker, was born on 11 September 1815 at St Andrews, Fife, son of David Robertson, a weaver and golfball maker, and his wife, Anne Bell. He was the third generation of feather ball (‘featherie’) makers in St Andrews...

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Slazenger, Ralph [formerly Ralph Slazenger Moss] (1845–1910), manufacturer of sporting goods, was born Ralph Slazenger Moss at Lymm, Cheshire, the oldest of the twelve children of Joseph Slazenger Moss (1810–1872), a tailor with shops in Warrington and Lancashire, and his wife, Eliza Lazarus...