A Brief History
Elastolin figures were first produced under the Hausser name, a Stuttgart based family buisness so named after the two founding brothers Otto and Max Hausser. They developed a technique of making small figures out of a gooey sawdust, cassein glue and kaolin mixture which was then pressed into a brass mold with a wire running through the body and limb parts to add strength, these were then heated and then hand painted.
In the 1930s the company, using the same composition technique started to produce the figures under the Elastolin range and continued toy production until 1943, resuming after World War II.
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