Antique Gebruder Bing Toys
Founded in 1863 in Germany by two brothers carrying the family name, Bing the company started building toys in 1870. Of all the toys that the company created, it was their toys trains that made them quite famous in their early days.
The company was quite successful in the toy business and by 1914, the company had over 5000 employees. Unfortunately the success of the company couldn't last as WWI was approaching and high tarrifs were placed on toys being imported into the US, making German toy companies unable to compete in the United States toy market, although they still had a strong presence in Canada.
Unfortunately for the Bing family, they were forced to flea Germany due to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the fact that they were Jewish. Already in financial trouble the company folded in 1933.
If you are able to find Antique Gebruder Bing Toys to add to your collection, you have certainly found a great piece of toy history.