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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Campbell River Mirror, April 27th

A small gathering held at Spirit Square on Sunday was followed by Campbell River Storm players riding through downtown on an antique fire truck, Keystone and Cyclone Taylor cups held high. The team's dream season came to close with the B.C. and ...Read more

Bikers support veterans with poker run
Mohave Valley News, April 27th

Davidson Fat Boy, said they were coming back from the River Run when they saw the antique fire truck and T-shirt stand. “I like to support the job our firefighters do,” said Blevins. “That it's a fundraiser for veterans is just that much better.” “The...Read more

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The Trentonian, April 24th

Get a glimpse of unique Shore events like the Asbury Park Baby Parade and the former summer homes of U.S. Presidents, through photographs, maps, artifacts, paintings, signs, advertising, souvenirs, and memorabilia. Admission: $8 per person; Museum...Read more

TO SAVE OUR FELLOW CITIZENS: Philadelphia's Volunteer Firefighting history ...
Bucks Local News, April 23rd

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

Salem truck heads to firefighting museum
The Daily News of Newburyport, April 22nd

That stranger happened to be Charlie Grab, a collector and restorer of antique firetrucks. When Grab heard about Salem retiring its forestry unit, he quickly tracked down the fire chief. “He called and said, 'We would love to have this for our museum...Read more

Barrington fire district to host antique fire truck show, blood drive
Lake County Journal, April 15th

LAKE BARRINGTON – The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) will host a combined antique fire truck show and community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16, at Fire Station One, 22222 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, according ...Read more

Fire department restores antique fire truck for parades
Times Herald-Record, April 12th

There was a back-room casual discussion about how much fun it would be to have a special fire truck to use in parades. Rob Albino, owner of Eagle Auto Body and Eclectic Cars in Middletown and president and lieutenant at the fire company, knew just...Read more

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FOX31 Denver, April 11th

Additionally, the Sheriff's office said the Boulder Roubaix bicycle race was delayed briefly during the fire because firefighting equipment needed to block the roadway along Hygiene Rd. After the fire was extinguished, some fire equipment was moved to...Read more