American Flyer Displays & History

Gilbert Paper from the Ray Mohrlang Collection

1950-1951 Toy Yearbook page
This two page spread appeared in The Toy Yearbook for 1950 and 1951.  The yearbook appears to be a cooperative advertising device used by smaller retailers which was arranged through a trade organization for these stores.  This particular sample comes from Koehlinger's Toy Store in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Initial research indicates that Koehlinger's, which was also know as Koehlinger's Hobbytown had stores in several midwest cities.

1946 Advertisement
This ad was no doubt the ad that preceded the introduction of the first smoking locomotives in March of 1946

1947 Newspaper Ad
1947 Newspaper Ad
1948 Newspaper Ad
1948 Newspaper Ad
1956 Newspaper Ad
1956 Newspaper Ad
1948 Spiegel Catalog
1948 Spiegel Catalog Page
Sears 2 train set
This was Ray's first train set
Gilbert HO Ad
Gilbert Ad from Model Railroader
Toy Yearbook-1952
Toy Yearbook - 1952