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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Ladder Throwing, New Book on Tap at BAVFC Anniversary
Patch.com, August 28th

A monster fire truck has RSVPd from Delta, Pa., said Rutherford, who added: “It's pretty immense.” All the vehicles and firefighters will come together for a “muster,” which Rutherford described as a “fun competition between some of our firefighters...Read more

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West of the I, August 28th

The street will be lined with antique and classic cars and trucks for a car show from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for 1st place in 5 categories: 1940's and older, 1950's & 1960's, 1970's & newer, Best of Show and Most Unique. Ballots...Read more

Mural pushed back to 2016
Keizertimes, August 28th

The drawing incorporated images commissioners agreed last month should be included since they were deemed to best represent the parade: pet parade, color guard, antique fire truck, the McNary High School band, rodeo queens, classic cars, the ...Read more

Minnesota State Fair highlights for Aug. 28
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press, August 27th

Learn about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire and technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. ... skills through activities and demonstrations, explore the Safe Escape House and bounce in the...Read more

TO SAVE OUR FELLOW CITIZENS: Philadelphia's Volunteer Firefighting history on ...
Bucks Local News, August 27th

A Firefighting Day and Antique Equipment Muster will take place on Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and a second Firefighting Day and Modern Equipment Show is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Both events feature engines and ...Read more

Fire truck leaves Laurel learning center after 36 years
Baltimore Sun, August 24th

Dave Hilliard removes old toys and other debris from underneath the 1955 American LaFrance antique fire truck which is being removed from the Pallotti Early Learning Center and will be used for spare parts for a simular firetruck in the possesion of Mr ...Read more

Antique fire truck turns 100 years old
Daily Democrat, August 14th

Antique fire truck turns 100 years old. Bill Wilson, who was largely responsible for restoring a 1915 Seagrave Fire Pumper, sits on the newly rehabilitated machine recently. Courtesy. By Democrat staff. Posted: 08/14/15, 3:49 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago...Read more

Firefighting memorabilia on display at Wyckoff library
NorthJersey.com, July 29th

Firefighting memorabilia on display at Wyckoff library. July 30, 2015 Last updated: Thursday, July 30, 2015, ... Library director Mary Witherell teamed up with members of the Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department to showcase an antique collection of...Read more