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Gund was founded in 1898 by Adolph Gund in Norwalk, Connecticut. It was among the first U.S. toy companies to produce teddy bears, rubber-faced dolls, and licensed merchandise. Currently, Gund is based in New Jersey and is now run by Bruce Raiffe, the grandson of Jacob Swedlin who purchased it from the original founder in 1925.


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The Knickerbocker Doll & Toy Company was founded in 1925 by Leo Wiss in New York City. It was famous for its high quality dolls of licensed characters. The company was bought by Hasbro in 1984.


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My-Toy was a company based in Brooklyn, New York that made stuffed dolls from the 50s to the early 90s.


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The Rushton Company was founded by Mary Rushton in 1917 as a family business. Mary's daughter, Wight Rushton, designed all of the toys. From the 1950s to the 1960s they produced their most popular toy line under the name Rushton Star Creation; these were hand-painted dolls with expressive rubber faces, and they continue to be extremely sought after to this day.