Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler presents ‘Dayton, Ohio’s Forgotten Toy Industry’


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VANDALIA — The Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler invites you to join them at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 at the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center, 21 Tionda Drive South, Vandalia. William C. Gallagher, co-author of “The History of Dayton, Ohio Toy Makers,” will give a presentation on Dayton’s forgotten toy industry to increase the awareness of the important role toys played in the manufacturing and entrepreneurial history of the Miami Valley.

Gallagher will provide an overview of the many local companies that were in the toy business, identify what they did and show examples of toys. Mr. Gallagher, who has been involved with antique toys as a business owner, researcher and collector for more than 30 years, has authored four other books on antique toys.

If you have a toy you think may have been manufactured in the Dayton Toy era and would like to get an opinion about it, Gallagher encourages you to bring the toy to this presentation. Thanks to Program Chair, Jean Harman, for arranging this program. After the presentation, there will be a short sharing of Society news and refreshments. This event is free and open to the community. Questions? Call Joe Dranschak at 937-898-6689.

Senior Center Directions: From I-75 (exit 63) take Route 40 (National Rd) west to South Dixie Drive (3rd traffic light). Turn left on South Dixie Drive and turn left again to 21 Tionda Drive South. The Senior Center is the first building on the left (Ralph’s Automotive is on the corner).

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Reach Joe Dranschak at 937-898-6689.

Reach Joe Dranschak at 937-898-6689.