About the Author

Terry Mowrey is a mechanical engineer by trade and an eclectic collector by passion, it came as no surprise that he was drawn to his first Wolverine Mechanical Tin Toy nearly twenty years ago in the dusty basement of an old country antiques shop along the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania. 


Being an amateur history buff, Terry was fascinated to find an old tin toy that was manufactured in a factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his adopted hometown. As curiosity sent him on a search for more information about the company that produced this new-found vintage toy, he was both disappointed and amazed that there was so little information available in print about this wonderful toy manufacturer that was a major force in the United States toy market of its day.


After years of collecting Wolverine toys and company information, and some ten or twelve years of diligent research, Terry decided two years ago that this story must be told, The History of the Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Company; its founder, Benjamin Franklin Bain; the Wolverine line of toys; and the workers whose efforts and lives contributed to the history of Pittsburgh’s Northside from 1909 to 1971.