Steven Kaleidoscope Information

Steven Manufacturing Company was founded in 1943 (this is based on the Missouri Dept. of State - Business Name History for "Steven Manufacturing Company" showing an Entity Creation Date of 5/28/1943 - click on the 1943 link to see this record).  

The premier American toy scope maker started out in St. Louis, Missouri and in 1964 moved to Hermann, Missouri. They marked most of their scopes with their name and production site.  Since the 70’s they also included the year that the lithograph was introduced.

Steven Manufacturing Company has 5 patented toy kaleidoscopes: "Plastic Kaleidoscope", "Deluxe Kaleidoscope""Wonder Wheel""Fireball" & "I'm a Clown - Twist my Nose".  They had many other patented toys.

On 11/24/1943, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed by Steven Manufacturing Company for the Designoscope.   Below is the image of it:

DESIGNOSCOPE logo

 


Steven Toy Kaleidoscope Ads and Catalogs:

Click on the text link or the image to open the full size document.

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1945 (June) - Ad (Ad Only - Full Page)

  

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1946 (April) - Ad

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1946 (August) - Ad

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1946 (February) - 3 New Kaleidoscopes Ad

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1947 (June) - Sell on Sight Ad

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1948 (January) - Announcement Ad 

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1949 (March) - Ad

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1950 (March) - Ad

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1951 (February) - Big 5 for '51 Ad

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1952 (February) - Big 5 for '52 Ad

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1953 - Six Steven Year Round Sellers Ad

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1953 - Ad 1 (Ad Only - Full Page)

  

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1953 - Ad 2 (Ad Only - Full Page)

  

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1954 (January) - Year Round Sellers Ad

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1954 - You'll Do more in '54 Ad

 

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1955 - Year Round Sellers Ad

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1955 (March) - 9 Nifty Numbers Ad

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1956 (March) - Ad

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1956 (March) - 9 Nifty Numbers Ad

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1957 (March) - Even Dozen Ad

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1958 (June) - Ad

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1958 - 2 Brand New Sensations Ad

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1959 - Ad

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1962 (June) - Wonderful World of Steven Ad

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1962 (September) - Ad

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1963 - Ad

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1964 - Ad

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1964 (November) - Ad

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1965 (August) - Ad

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1976 Catalog: (Cover - Page 12 - Page13)

    

 


Steven Manufacturing Company - Location Chronology:

  • 5580 Easton Street, St. Louis, Missouri - Founded on March, 28 1943 in Missouri (this is believed based on Missouri state records)
  • 5170 Easton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri - the 1945 - 1953 ads show them at this location
  • 5939 St. Louis Avenue,  St. Louis, Missouri -  the 1954 and 1955 ads show them at this location
  • Moved to Hermann, Missouri in 1963.
  • 224 East Fourth Street, Hermann, Missouri 65041 - the 1976 catalog shows them at this location
  • 104 Industrial Drive, Hermann, Missouri 65041-9650 - Moved there productions here on September 17,1994 after a flood destroyed there factory 1n 1993.
  • 809 Market Street, # A,  Hermann, Missouri  65041-1318 - current internet searches show them and a branch name of a "Steven Toys" at this location
  • They appear to by currently out of business since the phone numbers for both current locations were not active
  • Expired on 10/17/2009 -  (this is believed based on Missouri state records)

 

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