Antique and Vintage Toy Model Fire Trucks

Toy fire engines first appeared around 1880, made of cast iron and tinplate. Known as fire wagons, these toys included pumper wagons, horse-drawn chief's wagons, ladder wagons, and other accessories.

Interestingly, the toy fire trucks of the 1920s predicted the engines of today. Toy makers combined the traditional horse-drawn wagons with a truck body to create something similar to today's fire engine. The three most famous makers of these early fire-fighting toys are Dent, Kenton, and Hubley, though other companies like Tonka and Marx would later make smaller scale tin and steel engines.

Note that cast-iron fire trucks have been frequently reproduced, so it's important to look at authenticity.

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Stowe Today, May 28th

Smiles and satisfaction were the watchwords Friday as Stowe celebrated the opening of its brand-new Mountain Road bridge. The new span replaces a deteriorating bridge over the Little River. Using rapid-fire construction techniques, Crane Construction ...Read more

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Yadkin Ripple, May 28th

An antique fire truck sits atop the hill with a giant sign bearing the image of a grinning strawberry. The fire truck belonged to Chuck Wooten's father, but had been sitting in the weeds for years until they decided to roll it out to place their sign...Read more

Scituate honors 'sacred day'
Valley Breeze, May 27th

The Scituate High School marching band provided the soundtrack for the town's annual Memorial Day parade on Monday. The parade started at Berkander Field at 10:30 a.m. and traveled around North Scituate Village before stopping in front of the Old ...Read more

The upscale Flea at the Evaporator Works brings vintage, food, jewelry, great ..., May 26th

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Event to Showcase Bucks County Antique Fire Trucks, May 26th

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Antique, lovingly restored fire truck to debut at Memorial Day parade, May 22nd

When the restored '27 "Little Buffalo" makes its debut in the Minoa Memorial Day parade Monday, it will have special meaning for local firefighters. Minoa's very first fire engine, manufactured by The Buffalo Fire Engine Corp., was used to battle the...Read more

BCFPD hosts antique fire truck expo
Chicago Tribune, May 18th

"We're happy to welcome the community to our firehouse," said Captain Angela Grandgeorge, who was on hand at the first-ever Antique Fire Truck Show. Most of the parked vintage water pumper vehicles sported some range of red, be it bright reds or that ...Read more

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Barrington-area residents will have the opportunity on Saturday, May 16 to see almost two dozen antique fire engines, tenders and other vintage firefighting equipment during the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District's first-ever antique fire...Read more