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J. Kohnstam

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of 393 City Road, London, EC1. Telephone: Terminus 2571. Cables: "Omokotoys, Barb, London"

Presumably this was the business of Julius Kohnstam (b.1873 in Bavaria) who was a merchant in toys and fancy goods[1].

1920s The business was established in London in early 1920s.

Post-WWII: Helped launch Lesney Products (Matchbox Toys). [2]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Dolls, Dolls Furniture, Dolls Houses, Dolls Perambulators, Musical Toys, Forts, Farms, Rattles, Soldiers, Tops. (Olympia, 2nd Floor, Stand No. J.2237) [3]

Presumably later connected with the Moko firm of Moses Kohnstam which distributed products for Lesney.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. [1] Santa Barbara Antiques
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair p158