All of the items shown in this Photo Gallery of Doepke Construction Toys are part of my
personal collection. They are original, unrestored examples.
Whenever possible I have attempted to assign a year of manufacture to aid collectors in
identifying particular variations. Many Doepke boxes were stamped with a date code. I
used this code (when available), published data (from that era and current sources), as
well as observations by reputable and knowledgeable collectors, to help me arrive at the
posted dates of production. It is possible these dates may some day be found to be
inaccurate, but to the best of my knowledge and ability, I believe them to be correct. I
would welcome any input from viewers who have additional information.
Longtime Doepke collectors have noticed production variances regarding the details of
these construction toys. Many are very minor. The toys on this site represent what are,
in my opinion, significant versions of a particular model number.
It is important to note that production changes occurred over time and were often dictated
by the supplies on hand. Therefore, individual toys found today may not exactly match
those shown here. This is quite common, especially in the earlier production years.
For their invaluable assistance throughout my Doepke collecting years, I want to thank Dr.
John Thiel of Iowa and Mr. Jeff Hubbard of Florida. Both of these kind and extremely
knowledgeable men have been most influential and helpful in my research and verification
of the contents of this section.
I hope you enjoy your tour through the fascinating world of Doepke Construction Toys!