Samuel and Charles O. Dowst
The initial selection for the inaugural 1:43rd Scale Hall of Fame are the fathers of diecast cars, the Dowst brothers, Samuel and Charles O. The brothers were in the publishing business in Chicago. In 1893 they saw a new type-casting machine, the Line-O-Type, These inventive brothers saw the possibility of casting lead to make other items and by 1899 were making a wide range of metal novelties. The first real automotive toy, a generic 47 mm. long limousine, appeared in 1911. In 1917 their first toy resembling a Model T was introduced. More cars and trucks, in the shape of Grahams, LaSalle’s, Ford Model A’s, Mack’s, and others followed. A line of dollhouse furniture was named after Charles’ granddaughter, Tootsie, hence the Tootsietoy name. The brothers had remained active in business until 1924. Charles’ son Ted stayed on even after they sold out to a competitor in 1926. That company eventually became Strombecker. In 1927 these car toys also received the Tootsietoy name. For their contribution to our present diecast hobby, we are pleased to include Samuel and Charles O. Dowst in our 1:43rd Hall of Fame.