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Encyclopedia > Herman Fisher
Herman G. Fisher
Born 1898
Pennsylvania, United States
Died 1975

Herman G. Fisher (18981975),was born in Pennsylvania. He is best known as the co-founder of the famous toy brand Fisher-Price. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Fisher-Price is a well-known brand of toys, with headquarters located in historic East Aurora, New York. ...


Biography

Herman G Fisher was born in Pennsylvania state in 1898. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1921.
In 1930 , he got together with Irving Price and Helen Schelle to establish a toy company under the name of Fisher-Price. Although this was the time of the Great Depression, the company manufactured 16 wooden toys which proved highly popular in the International Toy Fair in New York City.
Herman Fisher was the president and chairman of the Fisher-Price company from its inception in 1930 to 1969. He was instrumental in building Fisher-Price into the world’s largest and most respected manufacturer of preschool toys. He, along with Irving Price and Helen Schelle established the simple but strict Fisher-Price creed: "Fisher-Price toys should have intrinsic play value, ingenuity, strong construction, good value and action."
Herman Fisher was also instrumental in spearheading many 'firsts' in the toy industry. He coined the term “preschool toys” with the advent of the wooden blocks in 1934, the first to use plastic in 1950 in Queen Buzzy Bee’s wings and the creation of “National Baby Week” in the fifties.
In 1938, during his tenure as the president of TMA, he led the campaign to establish the association’s statistical committee.
The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... Irving Price (1884 - 1976) was a U.S. toy manufacturer. ... Helen Schelle (born in Piqua, Ohio) is a co-founder of toy manufacturer Fisher-Price. ...


Other Information

-The Fisher Plaza in the Penn State University is named after him. He donated a large amount of money "to provide an area of beauty for his alma mater where all could pause to rest, reflect, or just watch the flowers grow."
-In 1985, he was inducted in the Toy Industry Association's Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
-Was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity International Official Name Sigma Pi Fraternity, International Founded February 26, 1897 Vincennes University Headquarters Brentwood, TN Grand Sage (President) Lawrence P. Rovira Grand Second Counselor (Vice President) George N. Hakim Grand Third Counselor (Treasurer) Christopher R. Brown Esq. ...


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Fisher Family Page (1622 words)
Herman, who was old enough to be conscripted when Ethel and the rest of the family came to the US, arrived in October of 1928, having escaped Poland through Danzig (formerly Gdansk).
Bunny Herman Warrelmann: There's such a nice story about the boat passage [Harry and Esther arrived in the US with their mother Ethel at the tail end of 1928]- my Uncle Harry was evidently a girl catcher and met a girl on the boat.
Uncle Herman had not made out too bad, his premise of a good business was right on, but he took pity on those old ladies who would sit at the machines all day and lose their money and he would give them the money back that they lost so they could get home.
Brown, Steven E. 1999. "The Curb Ramps of Kalamazoo: Discovering Our Unrecorded History." (2223 words)
Jack H. Fisher was born on Sept. 17, 1918, in Kalamazoo, to Herman Fisher and Rose Gerber Fisher.
Fisher responded by stating that he was pleased he met their qualifications, but that they did not meet his.
Fisher journeyed the short distance from Kalamazoo to Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek (the old Kellogg sanitorium featured in the recent movie, The Road to Wellville) because it was the official government hospital to treat and rehabilitate amputees.
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