HUBLEY MANUFACTURING COMPANY
LANCASTER, PA
1894 - 1948

Founded by John E. Hubley in 1894 to manufacture equipment and accessories for electric trains.
From day one, John Hubley emphasized toy and bank manufacturing.
The first Hubley toys appeared in 1909 and were made of cast-iron
Today, Hubley is most known for their Cast Iron Toys, however they made much more cast iron:
Doorstops
Bookends
Doorknockers
Banks
Garden Ornaments
Horses
Novelties
Toy Stoves
Lamps


WOODPECKER - Design # 251
TWO
DOORKNOCKERS
By HUBLEY



1939 Catalog      
Hubley would sell
their doorstops
by various means:

- The Sears & Roebuck Catalogs
Thier own catalogs -- Pictured Left & Right


        1946 Catalog


In 1914, Hubley entered into a contract with well-know cartoonist Grace Drayton
to produce banks of her famous wide-eyed characters, such as Puppo, Fido and Cutie.
Grace Drayton designed 6 doorstops for Hubley.
The company continued to produced these popular character banks until the 1940's.

Other well-known artists including Grace Drayton designed Doorstops for Hubley.
Anne Fish, a cartoonist, designed 7 people doorstops in 1920's style
Fred Everett, a wildlife artist did 3 bird doorstops
Grace Raynor designed "Imp" and "Tie Me"


Hubley was one of the most prolific doorstop makers of their time.
Their doosrtops are known for color and design making them
one of the most sought after makers of doorstops, today.
In 1948, Hubley sold their doorstop molds to John Wright.
John Wright is in business today reproducing doorstops.
John Wright a reproduction fabricator is located in Wrightsville, PA
Hubley's business was acquired in 1965 by Gabriel Industries
and acquired in 1978 by CBS, inc.
CBS, inc incorporated Hubley products into the CBS Toys Division.
At this time the Hubley brand name was retired.

"Hubley is probably the best know doorstop maker
because they made so many colorful doosrtops."

Hubley's Marking Style:
Their Number on back was usually in " Typewritten style "
and consisted of Numbers engraved in the back of the Doorstop
Latter, Hubley (above the design number 300) added "MADE IN USA"
or "HUBLEY MADE IN USA" to the backs of some Flower Baskets:

Hubley did not mark their Full Figured ( Features on both back and the front) Doorstops,
because it would ruins the looks. However, there is always exceptions:
the Aunt Jemina is full-figured & hollow inside. So, Hubley could put its mark
inside the hollow cavity without ruining the outside paint..
Eventually, Hubley did not engrave their doorstops, but merely placed a label on them.