In 1931, three individuals formed a company in the town of East Aurora, in New York near Lake Erie. Herman Fisher and Irving Price left Helen Schelle out of the company's name, but together they pooled $5,000 to renovate a building into a toy manufacturing plant. The first Fisher-Price line, in 1932, featured the popular Granny Doodle and Dr. Doodle, but the Depression kept the company from making a profit until 1938 when the Snoopy Sniffer became a hit.

Toy production stopped during World War II, and the plant was used to make products for the war effort. After the end of the war, the demand for toys rose sharply but Fisher-Price could barely keep up. Finally in the 1950s a new warehouse was built, and the company began its own on-site supply manufacturing for the first time.

The 1960s saw Fisher-Price business increase dramatically. Most toys were now made of plastic, including the famous Little People, who debuted in 1968. They became so successful that one year later the company was sold to Quaker Oats and in 1970 a third manufacturing plant was opened. The company's plant count rose to five by 1972, and during the 1970s facilities were opened in Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Today, Fisher-Price is owned by Mattel. Toys are still mostly plastic, and are designed for children from birth to age five and up. The company manufactures Sesame Street and Veggie Tales toys in addition to the still-popular Little People.

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One of the best selling Fisher-Price products, the brown plastic football toy chest, has a funny story behind it. Fisher-Price's manufacturing process was creating large amounts of waste plastic that could not be dyed any of the bright colors their toys are normally made of. They hired some designers to figure out what could be made from this plastic that was relatively dark in color, while keeping it appealing to children. The designers came up with the idea of the football toy chest. It used quite a bit of plastic, was brown in color, and immensely popular. Before long, Fisher-Price was purchasing brown plastic exclusively for the manufacture of the toy chest.

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