FAO Schwarz – The Unique Toy Store

FAO Schwarz was established in 1862 and was one of the oldest store toy stores in the world. With a spirit similar to that of the UK’s Hamleys FAO Schwarz (FAO = Frederick August Otto) offered children and parents a choice of high quality and long-lasting toys, games, hobbies, books and crafts. By 1980 the company had evolved from their flagship 5th Avenue, New York store to twenty-eight stores across the US.

Below are scans taken from the Fall-Winter 1980-81 catalogue.

FAO Schwarz website and history

NIKKO R/C radio controlled vehicles since 1958

“The story of Nikko starts in February 1958 when a small Japanese factory is founded. Besides radio-controlled products, it specialises in the fabrication of metal-moulds as well. By 1966 radio-control becomes the main line of business, and in the years that follow Nikko rapidly expands outside of Japan by starting factories in Malaysia and Hong Kong and the establishment of Nikko branches around the world to take care of the growing number of overseas customers.” From: Nikko Radio Control

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981

Ets De Neuter catalogue page. 1995. France.

Ets De Neuter catalogue page. 1995. France.

Ets De Neuter catalogue page. 1995. France.

Nikko RC. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987. Netherlands.