Remembering toys that were made in Hermann

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Don Kruse

Don Kruse

By Don Kruse, Editor

The Advertiser-Courier

If you remember Hermann’s famous toy factory that the late Bev Taylor moved to town in the early 1960s, there was one toy that some considered the company’s signature item. It was called the kaleidoscope.
Summers were a busy time for toy production, and filling orders to be shipped to retail stores.
A Western Auto warehouse in St. Louis hired college students for summer help each year because before the calendar turned from June to July, they were filling toy orders.
Handi-Pac, Inc., which was headquartered in Hermann for over 30 years, manufactured toys under the Stevens label. The factory at Fourth and Gutenburg streets was a busy place in the summer.
In the 1970s when Handi-Pac was still going strong, it would hire up to 60 part-time summer employees, most of whom were college students.
The students not only came from Hermann, but from other towns like Morrison and New Haven.

(Read the rest of the story in this week’s Advertiser-Courier)

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