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Manufacturer: Junior Toy Company   Site of Operations: Hammond, IN
Founder: n/a   Website:  
Parent Company Junior Toy Co.   Notable Lines/Models: Sky King, Sky Line
Tricycles Made Since: 1920's    
Still in Business: No    

COMPANY HISTORY:

Junior Toy Company began in the 1920's as the And-Way Stamping Company in Hammond, Indiana. During the depression, the company focused its efforts solely on the production of toys - most notably, velocipedes. The demand for these toys, even in a time of economic collapse, was huge and allowed the company to become one of Hammond's biggest industries. The success of the company allowed them to quickly expand into a 24 hour operation.

The move to producing only toys doubled the company's sales allowing the company to expand and change locations. In the process the name of the company was changed to Junior Toy Company. Junior produced each and every toy part inside their Hammond facility. The demand for Junior velocipedes was so strong at Christmas time that the company started producing for the holiday rush as early as July.

The company's streamline tricycles, such as the Sky King model, are some of the most sought after tricycles today. Some of these early tricycles from the 30's are valued at over $2000.

Early in 1951, Junior Toy was sold to the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF) in New York City. In this deal Junior Toy Company merged with Cleveland Welding Company (producers of Roadmaster bicycles) under the umbrella of AMF. After a few years, the plant in Hammond was closed down completely. In 1993 Roadmaster acquired Flexible Flyer and in 1997 Roadmaster was bought out by Brunswick, and became part of the Brunswick Outdoor Recreation Group. Roadmaster continues to produce tricycles today.

Notable Features: Below are some different variations of headbadges used by Junior and some copies of original advertisements and catalogs.  Headbadges without "AMF" are from 1950 or before.

1940's Headbadge 1940's Junior Headbadge AMF Junior Headbadge probably circa 1960's AMF Junior Headbadge probably 1970's
1930's Sky King Catalog Page 1930's Model 412 Pedal Car picture from catalog 1938 Junior Toy Company Velocipedes catalog 1938 Sky Tot
 
1938 Sky Line Tricycles - some of these tricycles had model names in certain years, and other times they were just referred to by model number.  Junior produced a wide array of similar streamlined modern tricycles under the Sky Line "model."  
       

Tricycles Photos & Info:

     
Junior Sky Tot Restored Sky King Restored Junior Sky Line
Sky Line tricycle - model unknown 16" Sky King 1940's Junior with batwing bars Junior Pedal Car 412
       
Junior trike with batwing handlebars 1950's Junior tricycle 1950's era Junior chain-driven tricycle with front fender w/ wheel skirt Sky King body
       
1950's era Junior Junior with batwing handlebars, 1930's. Junior with batwing handlebars, 1930's. Junior with batwing handlebars, 1930's.
       

1930's Junior Sky King

Mid-1930's Junior Sky Tot.

Basic Junior Toy Co. tricycle, circa 1950.

1930's or early 1940's Junior Toy Co. trike.

30's Junior Sky Tot trike.

Late 1930s Junior Sky Line tricycle.

Little circa 1950 Junior tricycle.

Late 1930's Junior Sky Line Sky Knight fendered trike.

1930's Junior tot tricycle, fully restored.

Restored Junior Sky Tot tricycle, circa mid-1930's.

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Junior Sky King.

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