Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
While Coleco Industries produced a wide variety of toys and games until its bankruptcy in 1988, including the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, the company is best known for its home videogame system, Coleco Vision. As such, Coleco had a lasting and meaningful impact on the landscape of video games during the early 1980s. Coleco Industries, which was originally named the Connecticut Leather Company, was founded in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932 as a shoe leather company by Russian immigrant Maurice Greenberg. Moving into plastic molding in the 1950s, Coleco eventually sold off their leather business and became a publicly traded company. By the beginning of the 1960s, the company was one of the largest manufacturers of above-ground swimming pools. In 1976, after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the dirt-bike and snowmobile market, they released Telstar, a clone of the home PONG unit being sold and marketed by Atari. Despite the ...