Lionel trains were invented by Joshua Lionel Cowen in 1900, but they weren’t designed as toys.
Instead, they were meant to be used as props in window displays!
Shoppers loved what they saw in the windows and kept asking shop owners if they could buy they display trains.
It didn’t take long for Lionel to jump on the idea and begin toy trains for consumers.
The images displayed here are from my own Lionel Train Set.
It’s the Midnight Flyer Series and I received it for Christmas in 1979.