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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Georgetown show puts firefighting history on display
Delmarva Daily Times, July 1st

And many of them will bring the vintage equipment to display in Georgetown Saturday, July 11. The antique fire truck show, sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society, will be at the Marvel Carriage Museum. While many Sussex County communities will ...Read more

4th of July Listings for Eastern Massachusetts
Wicked Local Raynham, July 1st

DANVERS FAMILY FESTIVAL — June 6 through July 5. Parades, strawberry festival, concerts, art shows and much more. Information: AMESBURY DAYS — June 25-July 4. Classic car show, Strawberry Festival, ...Read more

"American Pickers" to film in Pennsylvania
Allentown Morning Call, July 1st

In the reality series which began its eighth season in May, "pickers" Wolfe and Fritz take a road trip across the United States in search of antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia and learning about...Read more

Good Morning: People & Pets Extravaganza on July 11 at New Horizons
The Herald Bulletin, July 1st

The event will include pets for adoption from the Humane Society and Animal Protection League, pet blessings, free hot dogs and lemonade, big blow ups for kids, activities for children, an Anderson fire truck, the antique sheriff's car, arts and crafts...Read more

Man Owns 450-Fire-Truck-Collection and It's Worth One Million Dollars - Video
autoevolution, July 1st

When the 9/11 attack happened in New York, there were a lot of courageous firemen who fought to save the victims. Plenty of heroes sacrificed that day, and 63-year-old Andrew Leider figured he needed to find a way to honor their memory. That's when he ...Read more

TO SAVE OUR FELLOW CITIZENS: Philadelphia's Volunteer Firefighting history ...
Bucks Local News, June 30th

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

Palo Alto: Claim filed over collision involving antique fire truck
San Jose Mercury News, June 14th

PALO ALTO -- The city has rejected a claim filed by a Campbell woman who says she shouldn't be held financially responsible for replacing a street sign and repairing an antique fire truck that were damaged during an event last fall to raise money for a ...Read more

Antique fire trucks and more at Mercer Museum event
Allentown Morning Call, June 6th

Hand-drawn, horse-drawn and motorized firefighting apparatus will be on display as part of Firefighting Day and Antique Equipment Muster 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 outdoors at the Doylestown's Mercer Museum. This free event will feature antique...Read more