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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Recent News: Model Fire Trucks

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What's happening in Central Jersey: July 6 and later, July 5th

There will be an antique fire truck on display in the Red Lot, caricatures by Charlie, Dizzy Bat Race: First Aider vs. Firefighter, hot dogs, burgers, peanuts and beer. There will be fireworks after the game. Discounted tickets are $8, which benefit...Read more

Plans Are Now Under Way For 'East Quogue Day', July 5th

Though she expects to be uncomfortably hot, Diane Fish still intends to wear her chemise, corset, split drawers, stockings, petticoat and dress, and also pin up her hair and cover her light-brown locks with a net.She then plans to sit near an open...Read more

Wiscasset celebrates Independence Day
Wiscasset Newspaper, July 5th

Alna firefighters took the department's new pumper-tanker fire truck down the streets of Wiscasset. For the Frith ... Winning entrants were Deanna Gordon, first place, and the second group of horses, second place, for the animal category; Antique...Read more

Alert Fire Company parades past Independence Hall
Daily Local News, July 4th

Touted as one of the best Independence Day parades in the country — not to mention it's held in the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed — the Wawa Welcome America parade featured over 6,000 participants in Philadelphia...Read more

Patriotism starts at home for Canton man
Detroit Free Press, July 4th

A retired construction worker, Montgomery also has collected Americana such as old Coca-Cola buttons, a toy fire truck, historical books and a red, white and blue quilt, spread over a chair. He dusts and cleans his collection – and that's just fine...Read more

Georgetown show puts firefighting history on display
Delmarva Daily Times, July 1st

And many of them will bring the vintage equipment to display in Georgetown Saturday, July 11. The antique fire truck show, sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society, will be at the Marvel Carriage Museum. While many Sussex County communities will ...Read more

Palo Alto: Claim filed over collision involving antique fire truck
Inside Bay Area, June 14th

PALO ALTO -- The city has rejected a claim filed by a Campbell woman who says she shouldn't be held financially responsible for replacing a street sign and repairing an antique fire truck that were damaged during an event last fall to raise money for a ...Read more

Antique fire trucks and more at Mercer Museum event
Allentown Morning Call, June 6th

Hand-drawn, horse-drawn and motorized firefighting apparatus will be on display as part of Firefighting Day and Antique Equipment Muster 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 outdoors at the Doylestown's Mercer Museum. This free event will feature antique...Read more