The following article appeared in the Kenton Times on Tuesday June 21,2011. Article was written by Ty Thaxton:
Author John Olshefski visited the Sullivan-Johnson Museum in Kenton as part of a promotion for his new book "Cast IronToys- Fire and Police Wagons". The museum features toys from the former Kenton Harware Company, some of which are included in Olshefski's book.
A California native, Olshefski knew some of the local collectors and was invited to visit the museum to see their collection.
"I love the museum, it's a fabulous building and collection and I hope it's here for everyone to see for many years to come," he said. Olshefski's book also focuses on other manufacturers as well. " My book covers all the original producers of cast iron horse drawn toys, including Kenton." Some other producers mentioned in Olshefski's book include Carpenter, Dent, Harris , Hubley, Ideal. Ives, Jones and Bixler, Pratt and Letchworth, Shimer, Wilkins, and Welker and Crosby. He is currently working on a second book which will still be about cast iron horse drawn toys, but focus on commercial and circus wagons.
Olshefski has been collecting toys in earnest since 1998. But his collecting days didn't begin with cast iron horse drawn toys. In fact, they weren't toys at all. "I started collecting mechanical banks, originally," he said. " A friend of mine collected mechanical banks and horse drawn toys as well, and whenever I would go to his house, I'd see his collection of those toys. That really built my interest (in cast iron horse drawn toys)."
Olshefski began his work on his book after gathering information over the years and with some encouragement from others to put that information into book form." There was no reference book on the subject of cast iron horse drawn toys that I could find since collecting them." he said.