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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Touch a Truck returns to riverfront
Saukvalley, July 23rd

This year, Antique Archaeology, the business featured on the TV show “American Pickers,” will bring its Sprinter van. Robbie Wolfe, brother of the ... The pink fire truck is named after a police officer who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. “Leslie...Read more

Weekend Plans: Fire truck parade, Kids Exchange, family field day, more
WRAL.com, July 23rd

North Carolina's Main Street Fire Truck Parade is set for noon, Saturday, in downtown Raleigh. This is one of those events that I always get emails from parents wondering when it is. It's this weekend! The parade features antique and modern equipment, ...Read more

Yakima's long-awaited MLK underpass is open
Yakima Herald-Republic, July 23rd

Attendees and a caravan of city vehicles, including an antique fire truck, made the first passage through the new underpass at 11 a.m. The underpass was opened to all traffic about an hour later, after crews cleared the remaining construction signs and ...Read more

Car show in Milford to benefit Shriners hospital
Cincinnati.com, July 23rd

“We will have an antique fire truck (courtesy of Chief John Cooper Sr. of the Milford Community Fire Department) and the pink towing truck from Sora's Towing (in Milford),” Haynes said. “We have always given Shriners at least $1,000 after our (expenses...Read more

Yarmouth seeking developer to repurpose aging Cousins Island fire station
Bangor Daily News, July 23rd

It houses an antique fire truck, but is too small to hold new equipment. Tupper said the station is not being well cared for by the town, and is being sold as is. Proposal documents must be sent or brought to Tupper's office at 200 Main St. in a sealed...Read more

Cool cars, antique and modern firefighting vehicles on display at two free ...
The Oregonian, July 18th

There will be: displays of firefighting and emergency rescue vehicles; heavy rescue equipment; hazardous materials apparatus; and antique firefighting equipment including a steam engine, hose cart wagon and two of Vancouver Fire Department's original ...Read more

With renos underway, antique fire truck gets temporary new home
Cambridge Times, July 17th

CAMBRIDGE – It was out with the old to make way for the new Wednesday morning (July 16) as this 1938 Bickle Seagrave fire truck was rolled out of the Fire Hall Museum & Education Centre (56 Dickson St.) and loaded on a flatbed truck to be put into ...Read more

Eldred to be home of man's antique fire truck collection
Bradford Era, July 9th

Andrew Leider of Middletown, N.Y., who recently purchased the former Ethan Allen property in Eldred, stands in front of one of his antique fire apparatus in New Jersey about two weeks ago. Leider plans to open a storage facility, restoration shop and...Read more