Steph Posted January 3, 2009 Report Share Posted January 3, 2009 There seems to be very little known about this company. Anything you know or find out in the future would be welcomed. The first photo below shows the presumed head of the company R. W. Walker. The 2nd shows California Agate boxes. The 3rd shows what are thought to be California Agate seconds. The glossary at americantoymarbles.com says the company was "located in Huntington Park, California (Los Angles area); they ground Mexican alabaster (a stone) into marbles by hand; operated from the mid to late 1920s." However, it does appear from the caption of the news photo that the company operated into the 1930's. Let me transcribe the caption in case anyone finds it difficult to read: The Birth of a MarbleNews photographer catches R. W. Walker, one of the few marble cutters in the United States, at his machine in Los Angeles onyx plant. Walker has saved out 3,000 choice agates for his son, Frankie, who claims world's finest collection. The onyx is mined in Mexico in four-ton blocks, each of which produces some 11,000 marbles. Blocks are cut into 7-8 inch cubes which are rounded by a rotary grinder. Plant turns out 6,000 marbles a day. Jan 16th, 1932 (click pix to enlarge) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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