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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Biloxi Firemen's Parade will roll Saturday with trucks from across the Coast, September 17th

In 1904, the city decided to take over the fire department, and Boney said since then there have been only three line-of-duty deaths. The department continues to achieve milestones, he said. By next month, every fire truck in Biloxi should be equipped...Read more

Campaigns get creative transporting candidates across state
Edmond Sun, September 17th

Unlike a typical game though there are few rules when it comes to moving a candidate across 68,594 square miles of Oklahoma territory in search of the ultimate victory — claiming the majority of the state's nearly 2 million registered voters at the...Read more

Chautauqua will educate and entertain on Sept. 21
Ogle County News, September 17th

Hosted by the Mt. Morris Tourism Committee and will feature historic displays and information, educational opportunities, and music. The theme of the event is “Small Town Living: Yesterday and Today.” Visit blacksmithing, antique farm machinery, and...Read more

Crews battle California fire's explosive growth
Lynchburg News and Advance, September 17th

An antique car sits among the ruins of a burned out garage that was destroyed by a fire in Weed, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. ... Fire crews took advantage of calmer winds and firefighting aircraft Tuesday, gaining control in and around Weed. But...Read more

California wildfires: Town of Weed stunned by inferno's damage
The Willits News, September 16th

An antique car sits among the ruins of a burned out garage that was destroyed by a fire in Weed, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. ... Fire crews took advantage of calmer winds and firefighting aircraft Tuesday, gaining control in and around Weed. By...Read more

'American Pickers' star Fritz to be in Paxton Sept. 27
Rantoul Press, September 16th

Paxton antique dealer Robin McNish poses with one of 50 posters that she had printed to promote Workshop Hero Day, an event that will feature a day-long appearance by “American Pickers” star Frank Fritz in Paxton. Behind McNish is a 1970s Air Stream...Read more

Antique fire truck used to give last rides to fallen Michigan firefighters ...
Bay City Times, September 10th

BAY CITY, MI — For long-time Bay Area businessman James "Jimmie" Dobson, his legacy comes in the form of a pristine antique fire truck now used to transport fallen firefighters from Michigan and Ontario to their final resting place. Dobson, 85...Read more

Firefighting Memorabilia On The Block, September 5th

Long-time firefighter and former Point Edward Chief Ron Sparling has been collecting firefighting memorabilia since he started out with the Forest Volunteers in 1972. Now he's putting the entire collection, over 400 pieces, on the block. Everything...Read more