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Abbatt [née Cobb], (Nora) Marjorie (1899–1991), promoter of toy design and businesswoman, was born on 18 March 1899 at 12 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, Surrey, the elder daughter of Edward Rhodes Cobb (1872-1965), a well-to-do fur broker, and his wife Marion Murray ...

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Beckman, Sir Martin (1634/5–1702), pyrotechnist and military engineer, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of Melcher Beckman and his wife, Christiana van Benningen. Their names and his profession suggest a Dutch origin.

By his own account Beckman left his native Sweden about 1645 in order to serve the English crown. His brother served as a royalist captain in the civil war and was royal engineer to the exiled ...

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Britain, William, junior (1859–1933), toy-soldier manufacturer, was born on 14 December 1859 at 36 Caroline Place, off Copenhagen Street, London, the fifth child and first son of William Britain senior [see below] and his wife, Anna Maria, née Messenger (1830–1902).

His father, ...

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Goddard, (Cecil) John (1923–2012), fishing tackle manufacturer, angler, and entomologist, was born on 27 August 1923 at 66 Wiltshire Road, Brixton, London, the elder son of Cecil Henry Albert Falecki Goddard (1892–1970), businessman, and his wife, Olive Augusta Mary, née Venning (1892–1969). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Hardy, John James (1854–1932), manufacturer of fishing tackle, was born at Grosvenor Terrace, Alnwick, Northumberland, on 4 April 1854, the second son of John James Hardy (b. 1831), coroner for north Northumberland, and his wife, Jane Newton. After attending Duke's School, Alnwick...

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Hengler, Sarah (c. 1765–1845), artist in fireworks, was born in Surrey and became the second wife of John Michael Hengler (d. 1802), circus performer. There were two sons and a daughter of this marriage, the eldest of whom, Henry Michael Hengler (...

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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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Jaques, John (1823–1898), sports and games manufacturer, was born in London, the only son of John Jaques (1795–1877), an ivory- and wood-turner of Leather Lane in the City of London, and his wife, Ann. In adolescence he was apprenticed into the family firm of ...

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Johnson, Alfred Joseph (1873–1936), toy manufacturer, was born at 47 Alston Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, on 7 December 1873, the second son in the family of at least four sons and one daughter of Joseph Johnson (1842/3–1904), stationer's factor, and his wife, Lydia Jane, ...

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Arthur Katz (1908–1999) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Lines, Walter (1882–1972), toy manufacturer, was born on 10 March 1882 in London, one of the four sons of Joseph Lines, a rocking-horse maker, and his wife, Jane, née Fitzhenry. After education at Owens School until 1896, he joined the family firm of ...

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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 ...