Mound Metalcraft Tonka Hasbro CBS Toys Parker Brothers Playskool
On September 18, 1946 Mound Metalcraft started out in Mound, Minnesota with three men, Lynn Baker, Avery Crounse, and Alvin Tesch. The first products produced were two versions of a metal tie-rack. Their original intent was to make garden implements, however, when their building’s former occupants, the Streater Company, attempted to market two metal toys and failed, the three men at Mound Metalcraft thought the metal toys would make a good addition to their other products.
Tonka Cement Truck circa 1972
After some modifications to the design by Alvin Tesch and the addition of a new logo created by Erling Eklof with the Dakota-Sioux word “Tonka”, which means “Great” or “Big”, the company began selling metal toys. This soon became their primary business. On November 23, 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated, the logo was an oval, showing the Tonka Toys name in red above some waves, possibly in recognition of the nearby Lake Minnetonka. The impact of the Tonka truck has been long lasting, especially the Mighty Dump Truck and the rest of the Mighty line of construction equipment toys introduced originally in 1964. The all-metal Tonka trucks sold worldwide and earned a reputation as being indestructible, the steel was incrementally replaced by plastic starting in the late 1980s. The company was purchased by Hasbro in 1991. Hasbro is an American multinational toy and boardgame company and one of the largest toy makers in the world. The corporate headquarters is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. The majority of its products are currently manufactured in East Asia. In 1923, Henry and Helal Hassenfeld (founded Hassenfeld Brothers) a textile remnant company in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Over the next two decades, the company expanded to produce pencil cases and school supplies. In the 1940s, Hassenfeld Brothers produced childrens doctor and nurse kits, its first toys. Hassenfeld Brothers’ first toy hit was the famous Mr. Potato Head, which the company purchased from inventor George Lerner in 1952. The toy was a smash success. Then in 1964, Hassenfeld Brothers produced G.I. Joe, which they termed an “action figure” in order to market the toy to boys. The company shortened its name to Hasbro Industries in 1968. The company’s promotional efforts included the catchphrase “Boy Oh Boy! It’s A Hasbro Toy!” in television commercials and prints ads. In 1983 Hasbro produced another successful toy line, My Little Pony. The company acquired Milton Bradley in 1984, bringing with it; The Game of Life, Candy Land, Twister, Chutes and Ladders and Yahtzee, and found continued success in 1984 with the release of the first Transformers toys. In 1985 CBS Toys was purchased and in 1986 Playskool was acquired, which had purchased Mr. Potato Head from Hasbro that year. Parker Brothers was purchased by Hasbro in 1991, including Monopoly, the most successful commercial board game ever.
The Commordore 64 is making an encore appearance as a retro chic all in one computersolution.
Here is the Wiki on the Original from the 80’s :
The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit home computer introduced by Commodore International in January 1982. Volume production started in the spring of 1982, with machines being released on to the market in August at a price of US$ 595. Preceded by the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore MAX Machine, the C64 features 64 kilobytes (65 536 bytes) of memory with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. It is commonly known as the C64 or C=64 (after the graphic logo on the case) and occasionally as the CBM 64 (for Commodore Business Machines), or VIC-64. It has also been affectionately nicknamed the “breadbox” and “bullnose” due to the shape and color of the first version of its casing.
During the Commodore 64’s lifetime, sales totaled 17 million units, making it the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. For a substantial period of time (1983–1986), the Commodore 64 dominated the market with between 30% and 40% share and 2 million units sold per year, outselling the IBM PC clones, Apple Inc. computers, and Atari computers. Sam Tramiel, a former Atari president said in a 1989 interview “When I was at Commodore we were building 400,000 C64s a month for a couple of years.”
Part of its success was because it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores, and that these machines can be directly plugged into an existing home television without any modifications. Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control supplies and cost. It is sometimes compared to the Ford Model-T automobile for bringing a new technology to middle-class households via creative mass-production.
Approximately 10,000 commercial software titles were made for the Commodore 64 including development tools, office applications, and games. Various C64 emulators allow anyone with a modern computer, or a compatible game console, to run these programs today. The machine is also credited with popularizing the computer demo scene. The Commodore 64 is still used today by some computer hobbyists.
New Commodore 64
Specs for the New Retro Modern Commodore 64 from the website (www.commodoreusa.net) :
Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad @ 1066MHz FSB LGA775 up to 95W. Intel Pentium D Processors with Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Celeron D processor, support from 1.3GHz ~ 3.4GHz 800/533/400MHz System Bus. Supporting 9x, 5x & 6x series processors with EM64.
Integrated Serial ATA controller facilitates high-speed transfers at up to 3Gbps for each of the four ports. Allows easier hard drive upgrades and expansion for new SATA optical drives. 2x SATA2 ports.
VIDEO & GRAPHICS
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100. 3D enhancements enable greater flexibility and scalability and improved realism with support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 2.0, OpenGL 1.4. Intel® Graphics also support the highest levels of the Windows Vista Aero experience. Stunning media, incredible visuals and new 3D capabilities. For business users, Intel validates the chipset, processor, graphics and software stack to provide a well-tested platform with support for Microsoft* Windows Vista, Windows* XP, Linux (top distributions) and OS/2 (SciTech). Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) 3.0 supports up to 289MB of Shared Video Memory; system memory is allocated where it is needed dynamically. Supports built-in Dual/Multi-Monitor windows displays using LCD monitor & DVI external display.
1 Gigabit (GbE) Fast Ethernet, using Realtek RTL 8168B/8111C.
Optional removable 2.5″ hard disk drive.
Realtek High Definition Audio enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking. On-board AC’97 2.2 compliant 3D audio, SoundBlaster Pro compatible. Two built-in 2.5watt stereo speakers with three audio jacks for Audio Out, Line-in, and Microphone. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, delivering six channels of enhanced sound quality.
4 USB 2.0 Ports with transfer rate up to 480Mbps, 2 RS-232 Serial Ports, 1 Parallel Port supporting SPP/EPP/ECP, 1 PS/2 mouse port, 1 POS or PS/2keyboard port, 1 DVI.
Built-in Synaptic two-button touch-pad with vertical and horizontal scroll function.
One slim type Optical Drive, CDRW-DVD, or DVD+/-RW.
One Mini PCI
AMI Flash BIOS supports ACPI, API, DMI, Plug & Play, and security password.
Supports booting from HDD, PXE, LAN, CD-ROM, and ANY USB device.
Extensible Firmware Interface is a revolutionary standard to manage the booting process of next-generation PCs in a modular, interactive way. EFI standards allow the user to boot multiple operating systems, with a fully graphical interface and instant recognition of the peripherals. This feature requires the purchase and installation of a small, internally mounted module, supplied by others, that connects to an available motherboard USB header socket.
Full-Size Enhanced Windows keyboard, detachable keytop matrix.
On/Off LED, HDD, LAN Active.
WWW, Mail, Favorite, Log Off.
Uses 180Watt AC Adapter. Input: universal 100 ~ 240V AC, 50-60Hz. Output: 19V DC, 9.48A, Controlled by Dual Mode Power button on the keyboard. Low power sleep mode saves energy.
AMI BIOS System POST and BIOS setup password protection. TCG/TPM version 1.2 Support
Security lock slot located on the back of the system case
18.5″W x 9.0″D x 0.5″H front, 2.5″H rear.
Unit: 7.4 lbs (3.4kg), Power Adapter: 1.1lbs (0.5kg).