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Jack Built Toy Mfg Co.
Burbank, CA
1956 - 1962

Aliases

 

Albin Enterprises (parent company from late 1950s)

 

Locations

 

Los Angeles, CA

Burbank, CA

 

History

 

The Jack Built Toy Mfg Co. was a producer of various toys, particularly wooden railway sets in the 1950s and 1960s.  They were located in Los Angeles and Burbank at various times with a showroom and sales office in New York.  At some point in the late 1950s they were bought out by Albin Enterprises and made a division of that parent company.  They went bankrupt in 1962 and their stuff was liquidated in auction in October of 1964. In 1960 Albin Enterprises was under legal issues because they were misleading the consumer with their Japanese made toys but not disclosing that they were outsourced from Japan but using the reputation of the Jack-Built name which stemmed from USA produced toys.  They also dabbled into crayons although it was likely that they sourced their crayons from Japan at the time.  Many of their crayon products were color and recolor sets that they put a 4-color box of crayons along with a coloring book that could be wiped off and re-colored.  They used this for a number of themes.  Interestingly, at least one of their books used Crayoffs instead of their own Color Away brand.  It could be that was an early one before they did their own crayons.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

ABC Keep Me Busy Color and Re-color

JBT0004

BWC

4

4

Black,Red

Large Letters

Visible crayon box

1950s

9

$7

Bozo the Clown Keep Me Busy

JBT0005

BWC

4

4

Purple

Bozo

Visible crayon box

1959

9

$20

Jack Built

JBT0001

ST

4

4

Orange

Character

Four Crayon Tips

1950s

9

$5

Jack Built Color Away

JBT0002

TT

8

8

Red

Character

Crayon Tips

1950s

9

$10

Lots of Things to Do Color and Re-color

JBT0006

BWC

4

4

Green

Striped Logo

Visible crayon box, 2 kids coloring

1950s

9

$7

Pinocchio Color and Re-Color

JBT0007

BWC

4

4

Yellow

Pinocchio

Visible crayon box

1950s

8

$15

Popeye Color and Re-Color

JBT0003

BWC

4

4

Yellow

Popeye

Visible crayon box

1957

8

$15

Prince Valiant Color and Re-Color

JBT0008

BWC

4

4

White,Blue

Prince Valiant

Visible crayon box

1950s

8

$15

Things that Go Color and Re-Color

JBT0009

BWC

4

4

Blue,Yellow

Tractor

Visible crayon box

1950s

9

$7

 

Photos

 

 

 

JBT0001

JBT0002

JBT0003

 

 

 

JBT0004

JBT0005

JBT0006

JBT0007

 

 

 

 

JBT0008

JBT0009