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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Touch-a-Truck: First-ever event in Cape Saturday
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, March 6th

There will be nearly 30 different vehicles on hand, including the Cape police Mobile Command Unit and marine vessel, a Cape fire truck, a Lee County EMS ambulance and a vacuum truck from the city's Public Works Department, as well as an antique fire ...Read more

New standard rate for electricity in effect
WMTW Portland, March 5th


Family of man killed by antique truck sues driver, city of Bangor
Press Herald, March 5th

The family of a Holden man who was killed by an antique fire truck in the 2013 July 4 parade is suing the driver of the truck, the city of Bangor and the civic group that organized that year's parade. Wallace Fenlason, 63, was driving an antique...Read more

Cape Coral's first Touch A Truck is Saturday
The News-Press, March 5th

In addition, Gordon Foods is bringing refrigerator truck, ABC Pest is bringing an antique firetruck, Jaimes Towing is bringing its monster truck, Cape Coral Fire Department is taking its gator truck and a fire truck, Truly Nolen is bringing one of its...Read more

Widow of July 4th Parade Victim Suing City, Kiwanis, Driver
WABI, March 5th

The widow of the man killed in the Bangor Fourth of July Parade two years ago is suing the City of Bangor, The Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club and the man who was driving the antique fire truck involved in the fatal accident. Lorena Fenlason of Holden...Read more

5K to benefit efforts to restore antique fire truck
WBTV, March 4th

The Salisbury Fire Department, in coordination with the Salisbury Rowan Runners, will host the 7th annual St. Patrick's Day 5k next Saturday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the J.F. Hurley YMCA. The race will also serve as the 2015 Road Runners Club of...Read more

Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck
Great Bend Tribune, March 3rd

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck...Read more

Salem Fire Chief looking for support to restore antique fire truck, February 16th

SALEM -- Salem Fire Chief Fred Ayars is trying to save a piece of the department's and the city's history, and he's asking for just a little help to do it. About two years ago, he bought a 1940 American LaFrance 561 Close Cab fire engine that was...Read more