Edward Imeson Horsman opened a toy company in New York city in 1865 and became a leader in the toy industry. In the early years they produced a variety of composition dolls wearing wigs, molded or painted hair, sleep or painted eyes. By 1911 they used a new formula to make "Can't break Em" dolls like the Billiken. From 1957 until 1986 Irene Szor designed dolls & clothing for Horsman. About 1980 the Horsman name was sold to an Asian company and produced dolls under the name Horsman Ltd. and the dolls are now made in Hong Hong today.
E.I.Horsman first published Halma but the rights to it were challenged in the courts by Milton Bradley. MB lost the war and ended up publishing a slight variant under the name "Eckha".