Cast by the student employees of the EMS-ownedSharon Manufacturing Company, 1933-34
In a unique strategy to offer financial aid to students, President A.D. Wenger, Professor Ernest G. Gehman, and board member E.C. Shank formed a toy company in mid-summer of 1933 that operated out of one of the original farm buildings on campus. According to historian Hubert Pellman, the company was the only makers of cast aluminum toys in the United States. Thirteen full-time workers were employed in the summer; twelve continued through the fall, along with 40 part-time student-workers. The business was forced to cease operations because of restrictive minimum-wage regulations from the National Recovery Administration, but not before many students were able to chip away at the $300 annual tuition cost.