c.1950s Irwin Toy Company
Pirate Pistol with Original Box
"The company began in 1926 as an importer and distributor of
goods and clothing, located in Sam and Beatrice Irwin's house.
Later, the company moved to a warehouse in the west end of Toronto and focused mainly on toys, Sam and Beatrice's sons
had taken over management in the years to follow.
Most of Irwin's profits came from distributing other (usually
companies' toys -- and as a result, almost
all popular toys available in Canada until the 1990s were distributed by Irwin. This was because many major American companies
wished to sell their toys in Canada, but it was not seen as a useful business practice to open a Canadian branch because of the lower
population and tariffs which would generate less income. Irwin's success came mainly due to their licensing and contract manufacture of
American companies Kenner and Parker, where Irwin was the Canadian importer and distributor of their products.
c.1950s Irwin Toy Company Pirate
Pistol with Original Box.
Space #15. Star Mall. $100.00.