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Dent Hardware Cast Iron Toy Display

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The National Museum of Industrial History is hosting a special temporary exhibit focusing on cast iron toys this holiday season.

The exhibit, which features exquisite artifacts from the personal collections of the Dent family focuses on the Dent Hardware Company, which produced toys in Lehigh Valley from the late 1800s to 1973.

The company cast its first toys in 1898 and quickly became one of the nation’s leading iron toy makers, enjoying continual growth and success for many years with a reputation for producing high-quality merchandise – both in hardware and toys.

Running now through January 12, the exhibit offers an interesting glimpse into an era before plastics took over the toy industry and changed the way kids play.

This exhibit is free with museum admission.