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Simple steamers, one named “Nimrod” for the English market, the other named “La Esperanza” for the Spanish market. These steamers probably were produced with a variety of names for markets all over the world. The inset shows the same steamer named “Selright”, probably a contract piece for an American toy distributor named Selchow and Righter Toys, a company originally formed in 1867. Until the mid-twentieth century Selchow and Righter was considered a “jobber”, a game company that produced and licensed other people’s games. The company was purchased by Coleco Industries in 1986. Coleco subsequently declared bankruptcy in 1989 and its primary assets were purchased by Hasbro.
Hess battleship named “America”. The same mechanics as previously produced battleships with slightly different graphics. Painted black guns, rectangular portholes, etc. Still, no doubt as recognizable Hess manufacture.
Hess submarine. The submarine was made in several configurations; simple roller, flywheel friction powered and clockwork. It was also available as a “flotilla” of 3 subs, in which the lead boat was clockwork powered and two additional roller subs followed, permanently attached by wire. Roller submarines were also included in larger sets with battleships pulling them along. Wires were included in these sets so that a number of different configurations could be put together.
Hess submarine flotilla or “Wolfpack”. Leading sub is clockwork powered with wires permanently attached to the two following roller subs.

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