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Oak Rubber & The History of Ravenna Balloons

Caption Reads:

"Subscriber Jack Schafer of Ravenna, Ohio Writes:

Oak Rubber Company was the world's largest maker of toy balloons in the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. This photo shows the snappy fleet of trucks, delivery vans, and wagons that served their plant in Ravenna, Ohio, in 1947. The third man from the right is my grandfather, Bill Trexler, Sr. He was the plant superintendent for many decades before starting his own rubber business, Trexler Rubber, which I still run today in Ravenna. The second image is a scan of an Oak Sales Brochure from the same period."