Information on R. Dakin & Co. 1955-1965 : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

I am doing some research for a book and cannot locate information on R. Dakin & Co. for the period 1955(6)-1965. I know they were an importer, sold shotguns, started doing electric toy trains around 1956 or 1957. Then they started selling Dream Pets and stuffed toys. I know the company marketing info. from their current parent company (Applause) but there is a gap in "hard" information for this period. The only information is the company marketing anecdotal story which glosses completely over the period from 1955-1961. Any help or direction would be appreciated.

-- Daniel Barnes (, March 10, 2004


I looked for collectors club newsletters, and found this Forums page at eBay. The forums for Antiques and the one for Toys would relate to Dakin. Most collectors are happy to share their knowledge.

Depending on what your research budget is, you could place an ad in some of those newsletters or magazines asking for info.

-- Rosa (, March 26, 2004.

I have a Stanfor Indian Mascot doll made by R Dakin & co. It is from the dream doll collection. It is approx 10 inches tall and I believe it was made around the time you are investigating. I'll send you some digital photos. Good luck in you quest for data.

-- Terry Cupples (, October 17, 2004.

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