Joshua Lionel Cowen

Joshua Cohen
Joshua Lionel Cowen (August 25, 1877 – September 8, 1965) was an American inventor and the co-founder of Lionel Corporation, a manufacturer of model railroads and toy trains.wikipedia
38 Related Articles

Lionel Corporation

LionelLionel Corp.Lionel Train Company
Joshua Lionel Cowen (August 25, 1877 – September 8, 1965) was an American inventor and the co-founder of Lionel Corporation, a manufacturer of model railroads and toy trains.
The original Lionel Corporation was founded in 1900 by Joshua Lionel Cowen and Harry C. Grant in New York City.

Flash (photography)

flashLED flashelectronic flash
Cowen also invented the flash-lamp in 1899, an early photographer's flash light source.
An electrically triggered flash lamp was invented by Joshua Lionel Cowen in 1899.

Flash-lamp

flash lampflash powderflashbulb
Cowen also invented the flash-lamp in 1899, an early photographer's flash light source.
The electric flash-lamp was invented by Joshua Cohen (a.k.a. Joshua Lionel Cohen of the Lionel toy train fame) in 1899, and by Paul Boyer in France.

Roy Cohn

Roy Marcus CohnRoy M. CohnRoy M. Cohn, Esq.
Cowen retired in 1959, selling his 55,000 shares of Lionel stock to his great-nephew Roy Cohn.
His great-uncle was Joshua Lionel Cowen, the founder and longtime owner of the Lionel Corporation, a manufacturer of toy trains.

Lower East Side

Lower East Side, ManhattanCorlear's HookLower East Side of Manhattan
Joshua Lionel Cowen was born to a Jewish family in New York City’s Lower East Side, the eighth of nine children.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom (Manhattan)

Congregation Rodeph SholomCongregation of Rodeph ShalomCongregation Rodeph Sholom, New York, New York
He is buried in Union Field Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, a Jewish cemetery maintained for the Congregation of Rodeph Shalom in Manhattan.

Rail transport modelling

model railwaymodel railroadmodel train
Joshua Lionel Cowen (August 25, 1877 – September 8, 1965) was an American inventor and the co-founder of Lionel Corporation, a manufacturer of model railroads and toy trains.

Toy train

toy trainstrainstoy
Joshua Lionel Cowen (August 25, 1877 – September 8, 1965) was an American inventor and the co-founder of Lionel Corporation, a manufacturer of model railroads and toy trains.

American Jews

JewishJewish AmericanJewish-American
Joshua Lionel Cowen was born to a Jewish family in New York City’s Lower East Side, the eighth of nine children.

New York City

New YorkNew York, New YorkNew York City, New York
Joshua Lionel Cowen was born to a Jewish family in New York City’s Lower East Side, the eighth of nine children.

Columbia University

ColumbiaColumbia CollegeUniversity of Columbia
He studied at Columbia University, Cooper Union and the City College of New York but did not complete his degrees.

Cooper Union

The Cooper UnionCooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtCooper Union School of Art
He studied at Columbia University, Cooper Union and the City College of New York but did not complete his degrees.

City College of New York

City CollegeCollege of the City of New YorkCCNY
He studied at Columbia University, Cooper Union and the City College of New York but did not complete his degrees.

United States Navy

U.S. NavyUS NavyNavy
The same year, Cowen received a defense contract from the United States Navy to produce mine fuses that netted him $12,000.

Christmas

Christmas DayOrthodox ChristmasDecember 25
The tradition linking toy trains to Christmas originated in Germany in the mid-19th century.

Christmas tree

Christmas treestreedecorated tree
It was expanded by Cowen, who in the 1920s convinced the owners of large department stores to incorporate elaborate train setups, which he provided, around their large Christmas tree displays, hoping to increase demand among small boys for toy trains as Christmas gifts.

Airplane

aeroplaneplaneairplanes
However, by the mid-1950s, public interest had shifted from trains to airplanes and slot cars.

Slot car

slot carselectric car racingelectric racing car tracks
However, by the mid-1950s, public interest had shifted from trains to airplanes and slot cars.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New YorkBrooklyn, NYKings
He is buried in Union Field Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, a Jewish cemetery maintained for the Congregation of Rodeph Shalom in Manhattan.

Manhattan

Manhattan, New YorkManhattan, New York CityNew York
He is buried in Union Field Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, a Jewish cemetery maintained for the Congregation of Rodeph Shalom in Manhattan.

The New Yorker

New YorkerNew Yorker MagazineThe New Yorker Magazine

Queens