I've long been intrigued by the similarities between the two American Toy manufacturers, Tarheel and Durham. Both of them have roots in towns in North Carolina, Durham and Tarboro, which are located quite close to each other. Both company logo's are linked by the red globe (pictured above - what's the origin of this globe?). Like many 1970's toy manufacturers there also appears to be cross-labelling of some of the same toys by Durham and Tarheel. Examples I've found are the Apollo 2000 Robot, Astroids and just for the Wotan, a toy Sewing Machine! (all pictured below)
Above Durham (top) and Tarheel Apollo 2000 (you can just see the T on the left side of the box)
Above Durham (top) and Tarheel Astroids
Above Durham (top) and Tarheel toy Sewing Machines (sorry!)
Durham have made some interesting plastic toys in there own right and I've included a selection below all found online. A google search for 'Durham Industries Incorporeted toy' revealed several patents and many law suits, which may have hastened thier eventual closure (discovered on a Holly Hobbie site).
Durham Snowmobile above and below (showing a similar 'star' text bubble found on some Tarheel toys like the Rescue Helicopter)
Durham Super Tractor above
Durham tank above
and my personal favourite, the Durham Kung Fu action figure, which I've got somewhere (well a header card at least)
So the inevitable question is - did Durham ever distribute any Project SWORD toys like Tarheel? Answers on a postcard! Happy Christmas!