Hoproco – Hopewell’s 1920s Toy Company – Talk & Exhibits

Douglas Dixon, Hopewell Valley History Project
Hopewell Public Library “Wednesday Night Out” Series
Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society
and The Hopewell Museum

Wed., Nov. 2, 2022 – 6:45 pm Exhibits, 7 pm Presentation
Attend in person at The Hopewell Theater,

5 South Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, NJ
Or join online via Zoom – Click to Register Only for the Zoom Presentation
Free and open to the public

Hoproco Logo on Box

Yes, Hopewell did have a toy company, albeit a short-lived one. Hoproco, the Hopewell Products Company, operated from 1923 to 1929 on Burton Avenue in Hopewell, manufacturing metal and wooden mechanical toys and novelties.

In this presentation, Doug Dixon will explore the history of Hoproco, and the five known toys that the company created. Plus, come early to see examples of the actual antique toys (and even original product boxes), exhibited by several local collectors, The Hopewell Museum, and the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

E-Z-Go-Round Carousel and box

Hoproco manufactured some interesting products that were nicely designed and constructed, and are still admired and collected today – A “Hopewell Flyer” dirigible, originally priced at 25 cents, recently sold on eBay for $61. The presentation and exhibits will cover multiple versions of all five toys, along with associated product literature and advertising.

Dixon also will discuss the beginnings of the Hoproco company, and the factory building on Burton Ave., that was built in 1897 as a sash and blind factory, and still stands today as a residence and art studio.

Hoproco Buddy Sand Sled – Beach toy to drag on water or sand, or to float as a boat
Hoproco Hopewell Flyer – 9″ motor-driven dirigible [Images courtesy the Kiankas]

See the History Project site for more on Hoproco and the toys, and images of the various products kindly contributed by local collectors.

Douglas Dixon

About the speaker:  Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant and writer, now morphed into a history enthusiast. He is a board member of The Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Over the past few years since mid-2019, Doug has developed the Hopewell Valley History Project and website (HopewellHistoryProject.org), working with over 100 local contributors to collect and freely share digital copies of local historical materials. The History Project now hosts some 540 documents and maps, 3000 images and videos, and an interactive historical map of Hopewell to aid research into Hopewell area people and places.

Carousel ad 1928

As a software technologist, Doug specializes in Web technology, databases, and digital media. He has consulted to the Aberdeen Test Center doing large data testing and visualization, and previously was a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff. He has authored four books on digital media, published hundreds of feature articles, and presented over a hundred technical seminars and talks.

Hopewell Public Library “Wednesday Night Out” Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum

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