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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Dwindling membership endangers Portland's Cellar Savers Museum
Middletown Press, May 22nd

In fact, the Cellar Savers are part of a nationwide group of fire truck enthusiasts: SPAAMFAA, the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Fire Apparatus of America, according to information on the group's website, www.ctcellarsavers.org...Read more

Doylestown's Mercer Museum holding Firefighting Day June 7
NJ.com, May 22nd

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- The Mercer Museum celebrates its Volunteer Firefighting exhibit with a special outdoor Firefighting Day and Antique Equipment Muster on the grounds of the museum on Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. This free event features fire ...Read more

Antique, lovingly restored fire truck to debut at Memorial Day parade
Syracuse.com, May 22nd

When the restored '27 "Little Buffalo" makes its debut in the Minoa Memorial Day parade Monday, it will have special meaning for local firefighters. Minoa's very first fire engine, manufactured by The Buffalo Fire Engine Corp., was used to battle the...Read more

Fourth annual Spring Fest in Highland draws a sizable crowd (with photo gallery)
New Paltz Times, May 22nd

A parishioner loaned her impressive collection of antique fire truck toys for a display inside and church members Mary Benecke and Martha Trainor were on hand for the “cookie walk,” offering tasty homemade treats to choose from. Outside the church ...Read more

'American Pickers' coming to Stillwater
KOCO Oklahoma City, May 21st

Some of those they are looking for include: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing and pre...Read more

BCFPD hosts antique fire truck expo
Chicago Tribune, May 18th

"We're happy to welcome the community to our firehouse," said Captain Angela Grandgeorge, who was on hand at the first-ever Antique Fire Truck Show. Most of the parked vintage water pumper vehicles sported some range of red, be it bright reds or that ...Read more

TO SAVE OUR FELLOW CITIZENS: Philadelphia's Volunteer Firefighting history ...
Bucks Local News, May 17th

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

Antique fire truck show coming to Lake Barrington May 16
Chicago Tribune, May 8th

Barrington-area residents will have the opportunity on Saturday, May 16 to see almost two dozen antique fire engines, tenders and other vintage firefighting equipment during the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District's first-ever antique fire...Read more