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South Bend Toy Company

The South Bend Toy Manufacturing Company was incorporated December 22, 1882, after being established in 1874. Frederick Badet, a grocery clerk, and John Teel, a woodworker, originally started the company. The company began manufacturing croquet sets and other wooden toys. Croquet was, at the time, the only acceptable game for women and girls to play. Later, children’s wagons and doll carriages were built.

In 1888 the company built occupied a factory building on High Street near Ohio and Sample Streets. The company employed about 225 people in the early 1900s. In 1973 the company moved to a new building on Sample Street between Kentucky and Lake Streets. Unfortunately, due to increased foreign and domestic competition, South Bend Toy Works went out of business in 1981, however, Milton Bradley had bought the company and finally closed the South Bend factory in 1985.{{1}}

[[1]]Goldstein, Deborah May.  Made in South Bend/Mishawaka.  Discovery Hall Museum, 1980.[[1]]


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