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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Zebulon Night Out gets its point across
Eastern Wake News, October 17th

The Zebulon Fire Department offered free rides on its antique fire truck at Zebulon Night Out at the Zebulon Community Center in Zebulon, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. AARON MOODY — |Buy Photo ...Read more

Top 5 things to do this weekend, October 16th

There will be free ice cream and fire truck rides over both bridges. Corn pickin' in Walnut. WALNUT – The 2014 Cornpicker Reunion is ... There will be antique tractors and equipment on display. YouTube sensations The Peterson Farm Bros. will play their...Read more

Artadia's 15th Birthday Adventure in NYC
artnet News, October 16th

Nestled among the antique fire trucks and fire-related artifacts from as early as the 19th century (and worthy of a visit in their own right), are delightfully placed works of contemporary art including several paper sculptures by Weston Teruya. On the...Read more

'Touch-A-Truck Day' held at Deer Path Park in Readington Township, Nov. 1
Hunterdon County Democrat, October 15th

Children love to man the antique fire truck's hose and see if they can hit the target. No registration is necessary for Touch-a-Truck — just show up. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled; call 908-782-PARK for the message...Read more

Firehouse Subs opens restaurant in Folsom
Sacramento Bee, October 15th

Firehouse Subs was founded by former firefighting brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen. The new local restaurant features artwork and memorabilia from the Folsom Fire Department. It's the chain's second local eatery. It opened a restaurant earlier this...Read more

KHTS Fire Truck
KHTS Radio, October 14th

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Lee Fire Co. launches $50000 campaign to restore antique fire truck
Berkshire Eagle, October 10th

Company treasurer Erin Albert said it's important to preserve Lee's historical firefighting equipment for future generations to learn from and enjoy. "My kids beg to come with me to the fire station so they can sit in a [modern-day] fire truck," she...Read more

Antique fire truck returns to Oneida after 50 years
Oneida Dispatch, September 21st

Antique fire truck returns to Oneida after 50 years. The 1917 American LeFrance fire truck once owned by the Oneida Fire Department and recently repurchased by firefighters. JOHN HAEGER @ONEIDAPHOTO ON TWITTER/ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH...Read more