The term "Syroco" has also been used in a generic manner by numerous collectors to describe the beautiful, stylistic pressed wood collectibles, though the figures originated from at least a couple different manufacturers, chiefly The Syracuse Ornamental Company (hence "Syroco") of Syracuse, New York and Multi Products, Inc. of Chicago

  Adolph Holstein, a skilled European immigrant woodcarver, founded the Syracuse Ornamental Company in 1890, specializing in making hand-carved decorative components for the furniture industry.  Demand for the company’s intricate products soon exceeded production capacity, so Holstein developed a process to mass-produce replicas of the carvings by compressing a mixture of wood, flour, waxes, and resins into molds.  In the 1930s and 1940s the company changed its name to Syroco Inc. and manufactured a line of novelty items - igarette boxes, pipe racks, plates, serving trays, and figurines of popular entertainers, comic strip characters and public personalities, for sale in roadside souvenir shops.  Syroco Inc. continues in business to this day, but production of the figures was discontinued by about 1950.

    During the '30s and '40s, Multi Products and Syroco produced several pinbacks with permission from Walt Disney Enterprises. Numerous souvenirs were also manufactured for events and locations, including the New York World's Fair 1939. Several plaques were produced by Multi Products featuring Pinocchio.

    Our interest is in the Walt Disney Enterprises pinbacks made by Syroco in the 30's and we want to share them with you on this page.

Walt Disney Enterprises - 1938 Pinocchio
Walt Disney Enterprises - 1938 Donald Duck 
Walt Disney Enterprises - 1939 Snow White 


Walt Disney Enterprises - 1938 Dopey 

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