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WESTERN PRINTING AND LITHOGRAPHY CO. 
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  WESTERN PRINTING AND LITHOGRAPHY CO.  
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  1910 Founded as WESTSIDE PRINTING CO. > 10 
  1916 Became WHITMAN PUBLISHING CO. after acquiring Hamming-Whitman > 16 
  1923 Started making puzzles & games > 23 
  1925 Acquired Western Playing Card Co. > 25 
  1929 (or thereabouts) Produced jigsaw puzzles > 29 
  1932 Began producing Big Little Books > 32 
  1933 Acquired an exclusive DISNEY contract > 33 
  1934 Bought printing plant in Poughkeepsie New York, printing comics there to '70s > 34 
  1938-58 Produced children's books for Simon and Shuster > 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 
  1939-62 Produced comic books for DELL > 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 
  1941 (or thereabouts) Opened editorial office in Beverly Hills, CA. > 41 
  1942 Began producing Little Golden Books > 42 
  1958 Began producing Golden Press Books > 58 
  1958-64 Produced children's books for Pocket Books > 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 
  1962 Began line of WHITMAN and GOLD KEY COMICS; see WESTERN PUBLISHING > 62 
  1979-c83 Owned by Mattel (toy company) > 79 80 81 82 83 
  Parent company of WESTERN PUBLISHING  
WESTERN PUBLISHING CO. 
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  See WESTERN PRINTING AND LITHOGRAPHY CO. for history of parent company  
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