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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Chamber names DSA winners
Observer-Reporter, October 29th

Then he and Sandy would climb onto the antique fire truck and head down the parade route. But his day was not over. After the parade was finished, he would have two to three more appearances to make. His holiday season was filled with days like this...Read more

Firehouse Subs extinguishes hunger with first Folsom location
Folsom Telegraph, October 29th

Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant's firehouse decor is based on the founding family's decades of fire and police service. Folsom's new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Folsom Fire Department. The...Read more

Calendar of events
San Jose Mercury News, October 28th

Includes children's fun favorite characters, Christmas carolers, live music, vendors, arts/crafts, Santa arriving on an antique fire truck, free cable car shuttle from the Pacifica Community Center, snow machine, petting zoo, donkey rides and more...Read more

Halloween Parade marches down Asbury Thursday
Shore News Today, October 27th

Smokey the Bear will ride in an antique fire truck. “It's one of the oldest and largest parades in the tri-state area,” said Jeff Shirk, the parade's longtime director. Shirk said master of ceremonies Michael Hartman brings a lot of life to the...Read more

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Alabama's13.com, October 27th

The Jefferson County District Attorney is probing a warehouse deal between the county EMA and an antique fire truck organization. The Jefferson County District Attorney is probing a warehouse deal between the county EMA and an antique fire truck ...Read more

Newville Halloween Parade results
The Sentinel, October 27th

Cumberland Valley Hose antique fire truck was all decked out for the Newville Halloween Parade. 2014-10-27T23:15:00Z Newville Halloween Parade resultsThe Sentinel The Sentinel. 10 hours ago • The Sentinel · (0) Comments ...Read more

Auburn's iconic 1914 Buick fire truck reaches century mark
Auburn Journal, October 24th

Wegener is the latest in a long line of drivers who have sat behind the oak steering wheel on a prized vehicle that rolled out onto the streets of Auburn a century ago as the community's first motorized piece of firefighting equipment and continues to...Read more

KHTS Fire Truck
KHTS Radio, October 14th

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