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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Proposals due for neglected fire station on Yarmouth's Cousins Island
The Forecaster, July 22nd

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

Memories of the Perry County Fair
Perry, July 22nd

Antique Glenford Fire Truck. This antique Glenford fire truck was on display at the Perry Historical Society building during the recent Perry County Fair. Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:36 pm | Updated: 12:52 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014. Memories of the...Read more

With usual energy, Lake Zurich Alpine Fest draws thousands
Lake Zurich Courier, July 22nd

Members of the Medinah Shriners mimic ride yellow choppers during the parade. | Laura Pavin/For Sun-Times Media. An antique fire truck hoses the crowd down for the parade's finale, just before the fest opens on Sunday. | Laura Pavin/For Sun-Times Media...Read more

Last shot to join Hotshots
Namoi Valley Independent, July 21st

Gunnedah firefighter Ben Wilikinson lets rip during last weekend's Firefighting Championships at Swansea. Photo courtesy Owen ... Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a number of quality auction items and sporting memorabilia. Those who book...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

BANNING: Museum offers glimpse into firefighting past
Press-Enterprise, July 17th

These artifacts are among the more than 2,000 pieces of firefighting memorabilia housed at the Fire Memories Museum in a former Banning fire station. Interest in fire paraphernalia soared after 9/11, and a handful of Inland area museums offer a glimpse...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