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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Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive

Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive

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DFW Elite Toy Museum

DFW Elite Toy Museum

Ron Sturgeon's excellent gallery of fancy model cars and other vehicles. Nice high resolution shots with classy mus… [read review or visit site]

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Museum of Childhood

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Race Car Toys And Automobilia

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The Show Room

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Veteran Kingston firefighter makes his last call
Times Herald-Record, July 29th

A bell from an antique fire truck was rung. And an American flag laid over Matthews casket was folded into a triangle and given to a young grandson of Matthews. The firefighting community was an important part of Matthews life. Matthews was a founding ...Read more

Ceremony to honour Southwold firefighter Kevin James
St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 29th

Southwold firefighter Kevin James, left, and his wife Caitlin, centre, look out at dozens of firefighters and a Southwold fire truck gathered outside Victoria Hospital in London on July 12. James died Friday after battling colon cancer and wanted to...Read more

Pilot of drone ordered away from California wildfire posts video
Los Angeles Times, July 29th

The pilot of a "quadcopter" drone that nearly interrupted aerial firefighting efforts when it hovered over the massive Sand fire east of Sacramento posted a brief explanation online alongside the footage he took from the air. “This footage just...Read more

Sacramento-area fire has burned 19 homes
Reno Gazette Journal, July 29th

An antique car is surrounded by burned trees on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Plymouth, Calif ornia as firefighters Sunday battled the Sand Fire. (Photo: ... The man controlling the drone was told to stop it because of the potential danger to firefighting...Read more

Private Drone Near Sand Fire Almost Hinders Air Firefighting Efforts
CBS Local, July 28th

In addition to the homes and cabins, it has destroyed a collection of 13 antique cars that a man was restoring in the town of Plymouth, the Sacramento Bee reported. Neighbors have stepped in to help those forced from their homes and ranches. The Amador ...Read more

Weather could make firefighting more difficult in Northern California
Los Angeles Times, July 27th

The Sand fire may not be contained until the first week of August, officials say. An antique car, one of 13 destroyed on the Rancho Cicada Retreat property is surrounded by burned trees Sunday in Plymouth, Calif. The Sand fire may not be contained...Read more

Antique fire truck shines again
Sedalia News-Journal, July 24th

The West Central Missouri Vintage Auto Club has restored a 1929 Ford Fire Truck that was last used in the 1960s. The sparkling-clean historical vehicle was on display Wednesday at the Missouri State Fair's Fire House. and will also be on display during...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