Marx Store Displays

Another thread discusses Lionel store displays, but as a kid I remember Marx store displays, and have heard of people,

although I do not now remember who, who had them.  I found in a flea market some years ago a store display for Marx,

but not for trains, but for a later version of a Marx Civil War playset sold by Sears.  I was told the display had come out of

the nearby city's closed Sears store.   It featured the various soldiers and revetments, cannon, etc., stapled to a crudely

painted board, with roads and fields.  It looked like it had been made by the stock boy in the back of the store. I was interested in Marx western town and ranch sets, but not, particularly, in the Civil War set, so I sold it on eBay, and managed to creatively pack it, not easy, and ship it DLH to the buyer, with figures standing up, stapled in place.  It was on a board something like 2X3 feet.  But, I wonder....does anybody on here have an original Marx train store display layout?

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

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There was an article some years ago in CTT I think, on a 3086 Dealer Display. Also, Tasker had a few of them in his possession. There were a few variations of the display. Base colors varied and the accessories varied. With guidance from Tasker and photo's from that CTT article, I built one years ago. Except for the push buttons I added for the whistle station and the binding posts I mounted on the top, Tasker said I nailed it almost perfectly right down to the color of the splatter paint.

Here is a photo of one of the styles and a video of the one I made.

 

 Steve

 

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I had heard that Tasker Brush had at least one....I assume his have gone on to new

owners....I remember seeing the iconic #333 with gray NYC passenger cars running

on one of these layouts in Sears basement, with Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Rednose

Reindeer" playing in the background.  I also saw another in a sporting goods store that

sold Marx around the holidays, and that was the one place I saw 3/16th cars like the

ATSF stock and L&NE hopper available for separate sale.  I don't remember much about

the displays but think they closely resembled the sample above.

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

Hey!!! That looks just like the layout that I had in the back of my pickup last Saturday. I didn't know I was hauling around a real Marx display.  We should have tied it down in the back of the pickup, good thing it did not blow out.  Great find Mitch.

Keith Johnson

Marx was just a lot more popular in the world I lived in back in the '50s.  We had Marx and we saw it at Western Auto and Sears or JC Penny and everywhere.  Lionel was very upscale - good,  but much more expensive.  I recall a store displauy at, I think, a Western Auto or Kress that looked a lot like that above.  I had something similar under my bed for several years before we built our basement layout.

Originally Posted by CBS072:

Hey!!! That looks just like the layout that I had in the back of my pickup last Saturday. I didn't know I was hauling around a real Marx display.  We should have tied it down in the back of the pickup, good thing it did not blow out.  Great find Mitch.

Thankee!  I kinda suspect the guy didn't know exactly what he had... 

 

And here I was gonna take up the tracks and repaint the board and all.   Good thing a buddy of mine on another forum pointed this thread out to me! 

 

Now to track down a Marx water tower... 

 

Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

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  I only got to see the end of pw stuff, and MPC on display at Sears till Atari. I remember seeing the plastic MARX in boxes at the early Kreesge's/K-marts, but even there Lionel had the static end cap display, Marx nothing. Finding a buried CV woke me up.

That is a cool little layout. It looks like they could have been sent out easily as "kits". Many things like this are, so a back room genius could have assembled them. Some things never get looked at, or thrown away, or used, just stored, and forgotten in a corner for decades.      

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As a young kid growing up in Brooklyn in the 50's, I recall many ma and pa toy stores that sold both Lionel and Marx.   I recall seeing  the train board Louis Marx train display in a toy store that stood on the corner of 86th st. near Bay Parkway. We were of rather modest means back then and since Marx accessories cost about 35% less than Lionel at the time, every Christmas I would find a $2 Marx accessory under the tree which added lighting action and endured heavy use.  Most stores that carried Lionel usually carried Louis Marx toys as well.

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My Marx layout was based on that track plan as shown in CTT all those years ago. The main difference is that I added a pair of switches between the sidings to make an S reversing loop.

 

Here's a shot of the track plan without all the clutter:

 

 

J White

 

Originally Posted by j white:

My Marx layout was based on that track plan as shown in CTT all those years ago. The main difference is that I added a pair of switches between the sidings to make an S reversing loop.

 

Here's a shot of the track plan without all the clutter:

 

 

J White

 

Interesting idea!  But how do you re-reverse once the train's gone through the loop?

 

Mitch

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

Gents, I am reviving this thread, having been directed to it based on another thread I posted, asking for info about MARX displays.

What sort of variation was there in colors on the base?  The pics above suggest a sort of pale green, but Mitch's looks like a pale beige.

As I noted on the other thread, I am tossing around the idea of either replicating one or doing something in the same style but maybe a little more elaborate.  I'd like to duplicate the color palate insofar as possible.

As for the countertop display:  Wow!  Really keen!  (Sorry, flashback.)

Cardboard with a wooden substructure?

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palallin posted:

What sort of variation was there in colors on the base?  The pics above suggest a sort of pale green, but Mitch's looks like a pale beige.

That's the lighting.  It's actually a pale grey.   

GEDC1386

(layout is currently dismantled for repairs and refreshing)

Mitch 

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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I recently traded a partial store display box set that still had the track, transformer and three plastic cars with a shattered Marx 490.

The box had a flip-top lid, I assume so that the store operator could always have an open box at the top of the stack. The main missing items were a village/roadway mat and a few small accessories I think. Mid 1960s maybe? I dunno.

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