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Dexter-Wayne Co.
Lansdale, PA
1945 1960s

 

Aliases

 

Dexter-Wayne Co.

 

Locations

 

Lansdale, PA

History

 

Dexter Wayne Co. was cofounded by Roosevelt I. Polite in October of 1945. After World War II, he found himself out of work for only three days before he helped found and became president of the Dexter Wayne Co. in Norristown, one of the nation's leading manufacturers of basketball equipment and games. He spent several years in his car trying to sell metal goals for basketball and was having very little success until 1948. His partner left during this time. Prior to his device, goals were the traditional peach basket. His success took off from there.

 

One of their products was a Ramar of the Jungle Game set that had crayons included. This proved to be a huge seller for the company in 1954 and he got the idea from his son who really liked the TV show. Mr. Polite had diversified out of the metal basketball goals and into games during the Korean War when he thought there might be a shortage of his metal supply. The only one known was sold at auction and no other crayon related products have surfaced from this company.

 

In 1958 their Hatfield Plant was damaged by a fire and much of their Toy inventory was destroyed. It is unclear when the company folded but Mr. Polite moved on to local government in 1972 and served for many years before passing away in 1981.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Ramar of the Jungle Game

DW0001

LID

8

8

Green

Junge theme

Ramar head, animals, etc.

1954

9

$200

 

Photos

 

 

 

DW0001