Anybody out there remember the original Gong Show? Normal people doing really stupid things on TV for a whole lot of ridicule and a little bit of cash…….gotta love America.
Anyway, here is the CT patent of the day for July 20th. A Toy Telephone patent application from July 20th 1933. (#1,999,001) The assignor of the patent was the Gong Bell Manufacturing Company of East Hampton, Connecticut. A company with a very interesting manufacturing history beginning in 1866 and lasting into the 1960’s. Besides some very cool and collectible toys they even made hardware for parachutes during WWII!
Photo’s are courtesy of the Richard Meuller Collection. Check out the Antique Toy Collections website for some great pics and examples of Gong Bell toys and their value.