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Object Name Catalog
Date 1930
Title Ives Trains
Description Toy train catalog. Front and back cover have the same Art Deco-style printed color illustration of trains, with a gleaming train station and a city skyline in the distance. Printed inscription on cover: "SINCE 1868 / Ives / Trains / IVES TOYS MAKE HAPPY BOYS". The date "1930" is stamped in the upper right corner of the cover and also on the page 3 of the catalog. Catalog is 23 pages long and has b&w and color illustrations of Ives train cars, tracks, and accessories.
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Foster McMillen
Ownership and History The train station depicted in the cover art for this catalog is New York's famous Grand Central Terminal, and the skyscraper behind it is the New York Central building. The rays of light streaming from the station echo the train tracks radiating toward the foreground of the picture.

This was part of a collection of toy train catalogs given to the Staten Island Historical Society by Foster McMillen in 1960. Foster McMillen (ca. 1911-2005) was born in Castleton Corners, Staten Island. For many years he worked in Manhattan as an engineer for the Kearfott Engineering Company, a manufacturer of navigation systems and other equipment. He collected model trains as a hobby.
Earliest Date 1930
Latest Date 1930
Maker Ives Corporation, New York City, NY
Material Paper
Subjects Model railroads
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Associated People McMillen, Foster
Catalog Number 60.007.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2014.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.