Cragstan is a familiar name to collectors of Japanese tinplate toys. The company imported inexpensive toys to the US, and always had their name and admittedly prosaic logo emblazoned on every box. And that's usually about all the information one gets in reference books. But there's a little more to the story. According to BusinessProfiles.com, Cragstan began on Dec. 31, 1954 as the Craig-Stanton Sales Crop. It's easy to see where the name "Cragstan" came from!
|The Cragstan 1892 Freight Set. Yonezowa's trademark |
can be seen in the lower right corner (click on images to enlarge).
The next year, 1956, the company became Cragstan Industries, Inc. (wither Mr. Elmaleh?), and remained in business until 1988.
|The Cragstan 3020 Giant Switcher Train Set. NSG is at the |
bottom center of the box.
An interesting thing about NSG. The one set I've found so far branded NSG is very clearly manufactured by Yonezowa -- which often puts their own brand on the box.
Comparing the box art from a Cragstan/Yonezowa set and a Cragstan/NSG set suggests the Yonezowa set is the older of the two. If that's true, why did Cragstan stop dealing with Yonezowa directly?
As always, more answers lead to more questions!
|The locomotive from the Yonezowa set. Note the number|
plate "C.156." This steam engine also appears in Yonezowa sets
not imported by Cragstan.
|The locomotive from the NSG set. Same steam engine as the Yonezowa |
model -- even the same number plate!