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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Lakeland Fire Department restores 1938 Pirsch Fire Engine Pumper
FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay, April 29th

LAKELAND (FOX 13) - A nearly 80-year-old, 1938 Pirsch Fire Engine Pumper has been restored to its glory days thanks to the hard work and dedication of two Lakeland firefighters. Nicknamed "Leaping Lena," the fire truck was in service for the Lakeland...Read more

American Pickers To Film In Pennsylvania
CBS Local, April 29th

According to a news release, Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are coming to explore “the fascinating world of antique 'picking' on History.” Not only will the show be in Pennsylvania, they are asking local people to get involved. “AMERICAN...Read more

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Belleville News-Democrat, April 29th

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STATter911, April 29th

Are you as shocked as I am to learn that just because there's firefighter memorabilia on the wall, the workers at Firehouse Subs aren't trained to save your life? A lawsuit in Florida says workers at the store on Northeast Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton...Read more

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Fox 28, April 29th

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Los Gatos: Cause of Double D's fire determined
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Double D's Sports Grille was heavily damaged April 24 in a three-alarm fire that was caused by combustibles being stored in the restaurant's water heater closet. The building's exterior looks OK, but the interior of the popular sports hangout was a...Read more

Antique fire trucks in Petersburg get road ready
KFSK, April 25th

It's a hand crank siren that sits on the dash of a 1928 Model A Ford fire truck and it's what you would have heard in the 1930s if there was a fire. If that didn't get your attention there's also a golden bell that hangs behind the seat. Petersburg...Read more

Antique Fire Truck gets new home
Macoupin County Enquirer Democrat, April 21st

Construction began last week on a new 20 x 32 building at the Macoupin County Historical Society with the pouring of the concrete base. The new firetruck building will be located next to the general store and print shop on the Historical Society's grounds...Read more