These figures were manufactured in Germany during the late 1930's. they are composition figures, which were made with sawdust and glue. Each manufacturer would also add other chemicals or materials to keep the figures from becoming deformed, but each manufacturer had a unique and secret recipe for the composition material. The German company, O&M Hausser, even named its composition material Elastolin which is how their composition figures were marked and are referenced. Lineol Company was also a major German manufacturer of composition figures. The figures represent 18th century Prussian infantry, British Guards, British sailors, American infantry, and American sailors.
Ralph L. Tomlinson Toy Collection, "Learning Through Play" Exhibit in Leatherby Library
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