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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Christmas & Holiday event listings 2015
Salisbury Post, November 25th

Tickets at Santa & the Grinch antique fire truck rides — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12: Ride antique fire trucks around downtown. Hot cocoa or coffee, cookies and make holiday decorations.Free rides depart from Visitors ...Read more

North Adams Officially Begins The Holidays, November 25th

And he did come, lead by the Drury band and on the back of the city's antique fire truck bearing gifts for the sea of children that engulfed his motorized "sleigh." Before the countdown commenced, Alcombright asked for a moment of silence and asked...Read more

Antioch council earmarks one-time funds for habitat conservation plan
Contra Costa Times, November 25th

they contribute to the fund, eventually recovering the $299,377 it paid for the plan. $20,000 toward the restoration of an antique fire truck the city gave the Antioch Historical Society. $500 toward the cost of hosting delegates from Antioch's...Read more

City to host Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Atascadero News, November 25th

The City of Atascadero is very happy to present Atascadero's Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, to be held on Friday Dec. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sunken Gardens in downtown Atascadero. The event is free and everyone is invited to bring their family ...Read more

A Small Town Christmas set for Nov. 28
Advocateanddemocrat, November 25th

Take a hayride through historic Sweetwater or sound the siren on the 1920s Brockway antique fire truck. Organizers will raffle a huge wagon filled with treasures. Be sure to get in line early for pictures with the big man himself, Santa! The downtown...Read more

Area history, Nov. 25, 2015
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, November 25th

He'll arrive by helicopter at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Country Fair Shopping Center, by fire truck at 1:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Champaign and by antique car in a parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Urbana. In 2000: Unity High School's dream of a...Read more

Tree lightings, Santa parade set in Richmond, Memphis
New Baltimore Voice Newspapers, November 25th

Antique fire trucks, tractors, local police and fire vehicles and several floats now light up the night as the parade makes it way around town. “The Tyson/Ottenbacher family does a really nice float for me every year and I never know what it's going to...Read more

Holiday Event Guide
The Landmark, November 24th

There will be rides on an antique fire truck at the old fire barn, rides on the reindeer train, and the voices of Central Tree Chorus. Steve Charrette will dazzle with his magic and talent. Holiday Concert: The Montachusett Chorale will perform a...Read more