History Presentation: Hopewell’s Toy Factory

Presented by Douglas Dixon

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 – 6:45 pm Exhibits, 7pm Presentation
In person at the Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood, Hopewell, NJ
Or online virtual presentation via Zoom -> Register here for online only

Yes, Hopewell did have a toy company, albeit a short-lived one. Hoproco, the Hopewell Products Company, operated from 1923 to 1929 on Burton Avenue in Hopewell, manufacturing metal and wooden mechanical toys and novelties. In this presentation, Doug Dixon will explore the history of Hoproco, and the five known toys that the company created. Plus, come early to see examples of the actual antique toys (and even original product boxes), exhibited by several local collectors, The Hopewell Museum, and the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Hoproco manufactured some interesting products that were nicely designed and constructed, and are still admired and collected today – A “Hopewell Flyer” dirigible, originally priced at 25 cents, recently sold on eBay for $61. The presentation and exhibits will cover multiple versions of all five toys, along with associated product literature and advertising.

Dixon also will discuss the beginnings of the Hoproco company, and the factory building on Burton Ave., that was built in 1897 as a sash and blind factory, and still stands today as a residence and art studio.

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