Ernst Plank Steam Engine Toy with Marx Lights

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Description (Brief)
Ernst Plank produced this toy steam engine during the early 20th century. The toy has a tan fire box below a horizontal boiler with steam whistle, safety valve, and throttle. The steam line powers a small oscillating engine mounted on a two pole generator that provides electricity to twin Marx-manufactured lamps on metal scaffolding.
Ernst Plank founded his company in Nuremburg, Germany in 1866. The company was well known for manufacturing a variety of metal toys like steam locomotives, stationary steam engines, early photography equipment, and magic lanterns until its dissolution in 1935.
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generator: 4 in x 4 in x 4 in; 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
horizontal boiler: 2 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 15.875 cm
light tower: 10 in; 25.4 cm
overall: 14 1/2 in x 10 in x 11 in; 36.83 cm x 25.4 cm x 27.94 cm
overall-: 11 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in x 9 7/8 in; 29.21 cm x 28.575 cm x 25.0825 cm
smokestack: 10 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 27.305 cm x 2.8575 cm
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Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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