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Archbold in Fulton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ohio Art Company

 
 
The Ohio Art Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 1, 2013
1. The Ohio Art Company Marker
(Side One)
Inscription.
(Side One)
Henry Simon Winzeler, founder of The Ohio Art Company, was born in 1876 in the Winzeler family home just north of this site in Burlington. As a young man, he opened a dental practice in 1900 in the Murbach Building in Archbold on the corner of North Defiance and East Holland streets. Making a dramatic career change eight years later, Winzeler, inspired by an oval mirror in his aunt's clothing store, started a company to manufacture picture frames. Calling it The Ohio Art Company, venture capital came from Winzeler's Hub Grocery that he opened in August 1908 located on North Defiance Street. His picture frame company was opened in the Spoerle and Baer Building, a few doors down on the same street.

(Side Two)
To keep up with the rapidly growing demand for his frames, Henry Winzeler expanded the company into the Opera House and the B.P. Merry Drug Store Building in early 1909. Each of Henry's business locations were all within this block in Archbold. Then, in about 1911, he wanted to expand his business further and sought a loan from a local bank to refinance the venture. When the bank wanted too much of the business in return, Winzeler turned to private financing and received enough to move The Ohio Art Company to a building on High Street in Bryan where operations continue. In 1914, with
The Ohio Art Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 1, 2013
2. The Ohio Art Company Marker
(Side Two)
the advent of World War I and an embargo in German, The Ohio Art Company joined the toy manufacturing business and acquired lithography equipment to print on metal surfaces. Ohio Art is best known for the world famous Etch A Sketch, first manufactured in 1960.
 
Erected 2009 by The Ohio Art Company and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-26.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 31.271′ N, 84° 18.37′ W. Marker is in Archbold, Ohio, in Fulton County. Marker is on S. Defiance Street (Ohio Route 66) south of Stryker Street (Ohio Route 2), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Archbold OH 43502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erie J. Sauder (approx. 1.6 miles away); Draining the Great Black Swamp (approx. 4.8 miles away); Stryker Depot (approx. 5.9 miles away); Stryker's Railroad Heritage (approx. 5.9 miles away); Stryker (approx. 6.3 miles away); Evansport (approx. 8.2 miles away); Casimir Pulaski (approx. 10.5 miles away); Richard E. Schreder (approx. 11.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Archbold.
 
Also see . . .
The Ohio Art Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 1, 2013
3. The Ohio Art Company Marker
In front of parking lot on S. Defiance Street
(State Route 66)
 Ohio Art - Our Story. From The Ohio Art Company website. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Downtown Archbold image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 1, 2013
4. Downtown Archbold
View to north along Defiance Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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