Engelbert Hausmann, a German salesman founded a business in Amsterdam on January 1, 1853, an "Agency and Commission Case in Kramerijen". To compare with curiosity shop. This case was the forerunner of the current games publishers and manufacturers Hausmann & Hötte. The business prospered, the initial shelter at the Damrak was exchanged for the Achterburgwal, and finally to the Oude Schans 72 (home) and Kromboomsloot 57, as rear warehouse served as office and warehouse.
In 1860 Wilhelm Hötte (1843), the son of the sister of Engelbert Hausemann as employees strengthen the team. In 1873 he founded his own company. On December 27, 1882 decided to Hausmann & Hötte joining forces as the company Hausmann & Hötte. This collaboration lasted five years, Engelbert Hausemann retired on December 31, 1887 at age back. The partnership was dissolved, it was agreed that Wilhelm Hötte the company would continue under the existing company name.
The first toy run was the Jumbo brand was wooden toys early thirties was imported from Germany. The sturdy toys ushered in a new era. The old wholesale business was unable to cope with the flow of very cheap items from Japan after the Great Depression engulfed Europe. Trading kramerijen stagnated. The price was adjusted towards toys and games. Meanwhile, a growing awareness that children learn by playing and toys contribute to the education and development. The demand for effective and responsible toys grew. Besides Jumbo wooden toys included the collection of dolls in all imaginable shapes and sizes, but also of Hornby trains and Dinky Toys, both from the Meccano factory.
In 1947 the first leaflet with Jumbo games. The first game on the first page was Ludo you-don't. Other titles from this period were: Hammer Play, Goose, lotto, Pim Pam Pet, Halma and Dobbertje Dive. Besides the assortment of games were particularly Meccano and Schuco brand that generated the revenue.
In 1956, Hausmann & Hötte owner to a Dutch Game Factory Ltd (NSF) renamed carton processing. Henceforth, the games themselves were fabricated. Also started producing puzzles, initially 50 pieces. The game Stratego was successfully introduced.
Today, Jumbo alongside some classic games best known as the manufacturer of the popular puzzle series Wasgij? and Jan van Haasteren.
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