Richter (toy company)

F. Ad. Richter & Cie was founded and owned by Friedrich Adolf Richter. This German manufacturer produced many products, including pharmaceuticals,[1] music boxes, gramophones, and Anchor Stone building sets.[2][3] He established his main factory in Rudolstadt,[2] Germany. In addition, the company had factories in Vienna Austria, Nuremberg Germany, New York City USA, and St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, the company had operations for internal supply in Konstein, Germany (glass bottles) and Leipzig, Germany (publishing - printing was done in Rudolstadt).

The Richtersche Villa in Rudolstadt

Friedrich Adolf Richter was born 1847 in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia and died 1910 in Jena. The Anker factory produced the popular Anchor Stone Blocks from the 1880 up to 1963.[4]

The factory was refounded in 1995[4] by a group of enthusiasts and began producing some of the old sets again. They are also selling toys in Grayford.


  1. ^ Hamlin, David D.; Hamlin, David (2007). Work and Play: The Production and Consumption of Toys in Germany, 1870-1914. University of Michigan Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780472115884. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Maletzke, Elsemarie (17 December 1993). "Klötzchen fürs Leben (Blocks for Life)". Die Zeit. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ Loschke, Sandra Karina (2016). Materiality and Architecture. Routledge. ISBN 9781317555865. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Zschiesche, Arnd Jürgen; Errichiello, Oliver (2009). "Anker Steinbaukasten - Steiner fur Uberflieger". Erfolgsgeheimnis Ost: Survival-Strategien der besten Marken - und was Manager daraus lernen können. Springer-Verlag. pp. 105–108. ISBN 9783834982940. Retrieved 30 November 2018.