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Toy stories in Northeast Ohio
The 'little ones" meant big business in the region
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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The toy business as a mass production industry started in Akron. The American Toy Marble Museum includes data and artifacts from that time
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In The Region:

Akron Ohio was once America’s rubber capital. That’s pretty well known. Not so well known is that Akron was also America’s rubber-ducky capital. 

For close to half a century Northeast Ohio produced more rubber duckies, rubber toys and – for that matter -- toys of all kinds than anywhere else in the country. Marbles; squeaky toys; spinning metal tops; die cast cars; trains: WKSU’s Tim Rudell says Northeast Ohio made them all.
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