|A postcard of the Studebaker exhibit at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair|
|A press photo of the National Products / Banthrico assembly line|
|An ad for National Products miniatures|
Dad's connection with these pieces started as a kid when his father brought one home for his car crazy kid. Dad's father sold packaging equipment to National Products Company (later Banthrico). Dad accumulated a collection of these from birthday and christmas gifts, and he dug them back out of the Attic (I can still remember that day) and started collecting again when I was young.
The 1934/1935 Chicago's Worlds Fair marks the starting point for these collectables as these was the first offering of automobilia on the part of the National Products Company. I'm not sure how they became connected with Studebaker, but Studebaker did make a big splash at the Work's Fair. They built a huge wooden representation of their new model and handed out these miniatures seen here. Dad has both versions of the 1933/34 cars that were handed out and the larger scale 1935 version seen in the video.