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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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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).

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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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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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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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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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John William Odell (1920–2007) by Chris Ware, 1968 [right, with Leslie Smith] Getty Images

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Smith, Alan Verner [Sam] (1908–1983), toymaker and sculptor, was born on 27 July 1908 at 118 Hill Lane, Shirley, Southampton, the son of Edwin Thomas Smith, a steamship captain, and Alice Margaret, née Ward; he had two siblings, Ivor and Rita. Between 1918 and 1925 ...