By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 2, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps introduces us to an iconic toy and its creator.

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe is of retirement age, but still keeps on going strong after first being released 60 years ago today.

Don Levine is credited for creating the action figures.  He worked for Hasbro, which in turn was founded by three Polish Brothers, the Hassenfeld’s, 100 years ago in Rhode Island. 

G.I. Joe had four options at inception, representing the four military branches at the time and he was 12 inches tall. Since then, he came in many other forms, starred on TV in the movies, etc.

Hasbro created my other iconic toys over the years.  Dearest to my family are: Play-Doh, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Furby, Power Rangers, Transformers, and Twister.

Rhode Island is seldom shown by itself on maps partly due to its size the ease to incorporate it with a neighboring state.  However, here is Rhode Island by itself by McNally, issued in 1898.

Rhode Island – circa 1898 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.