Playwood Plastics - Transogram - Gold Medal,
Founder: Charles S. Raizen
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Circa: 1942 to 1945
Transogram Company was incorporated in Pennsylvania on September 4, 1959, succeeding a New York corporation of the same name that was established in 1915. The company was founded by Charles S. Raizen.
Transogram made toys, games, playroom furniture, coloring, craft sets, and sports sets under the brand name Transogram. Over the years it added several wholly owned subsidiaries including; Anchor Toy Corporation, Playwood Plastics Company, Toy Research Institute, Inc., Toy Scouts of America, Transco Adult Games, and Transogram Midwest, Inc.
Transogram was the creator of many well-known toys. In the 1930s it expanded into the manufacture of games, including “Big Business,” which was introduced in 1935, and “Game of India” and “Tiddledy Winks,” introduced in 1938. It also developed the “Green Ghost” board game, and in the 1950s it sold the very successful “Prince Valiant” board game and a variety of “paint-by-number” sets.
Transogram made an initial public offering of 196,000 shares common stock in May 1962. It was sold from the private account of Charles Raizen at ten dollars per share. After the sale, Raizen retained control of the company through his holdings of 606,000 shares, which represented 61.4 percent of Transogram’s outstanding stock.
Playwood Plastics began producing it's wood-flour composition soldiers in 1942 due to restrictions on lead. All soldiers were marked with a P within a triangle and the series number, making them easily identifiable. After being coated with khaki paint, the details were hand painted. The soldiers were also prone to warping and shrinkage, giving them a crude uneven appearance.
All Values based on Mint condition only
401 Parade soldier with pack - $15.00
402 Flagbearer - $24.00
403 Machine gun & 2 gunners - $15.00
403a Machine gun & 2 gunners, no markings - $18.00
404 Stretcher Bearer - $18.00
405 Anti-Aircraft gun and gunner, triangular base - $18.00
405A Anti-Aircraft gun and gunner, plow base - $16.00
406 Soldier with gas mask holding flare gun - $15.00
407 Dispatch rider on cycle, oblong base - $35.00
407A Dispatch rider on cycle, round base - $35.00
408 Machine gun and gunner, prone, legs crossed - $15.00
408A Machine gun and gunner, prone, legs spread - $15.00
409 Sniper with tommy gun - $18.00
410 Anti-Tank gunner, square shield, spoked wheels, marked "MADE IN U.S.A." on bottom left side and "410" on bottom right side - $20.00
410A Anti-Tank gunner, rounded shield, wheels not spoked - $20.00
411 Soldier with overseas cap - $15.00
412 Paratrooper, pilot type hat - $18.00
412A Paratrooper, pot helmet - $18.00
413 Machine gun & gunner - $18.00
414 Kneeling firing - $35.00
415 Advance with rifle - $44.00
438 or 436 Motorcyclist, leather type helmet - $45.00
Advance Sniper Post - 6 inches x 5 1/2 inches - $60.00
Artillery Emplacement - 7 inches x 6 inches - $60.00
Artillery Truck & Cannon Trailer, wooden - $120.00
Camouflage Airplane Shelter - 10 inches x 9 inches - $60.00
Camp Fire - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 - $25.00
Combat Grenade Target Game, No.3305 - $60.00 MIB
Barbed Wire Section - $20.00
Field Kitchen - 6 inches x 5 1/2 inches - $60.00
Pontoon Bridge Section - 450.00