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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13 INVESTIGATES: EMA warehouse deal
Alabama', August 21st

The Jefferson County District Attorney is probing a warehouse deal between the county EMA and an antique fire truck organization. The Jefferson County District Attorney is probing a warehouse deal between the county EMA and an antique fire truck ...Read more

Events Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, August 21st

Dallas Harvest Festival, the annual street fair commemorating “The Year of the Family” with a Generation-to-Generation Photo Contest, a Flower Display competition, stage performances, farmers market, Children's Corner, antique fire-truck rides and a...Read more

Plan your Saturday: Fun things to do tomorrow on Cape Cod
Capecodonline, August 21st

· Concert of Sacred Music, 4 p.m. Saturday, Kate Gould Park Bandstand, Main Street, Chatham. Six local churches including Anglican Church of the Resurrection, Osterville and Brewster Baptist, Spirit of Christ Anglican, Holy Trinity RC, and...Read more

Boy with cancer gets special day in Lee's Summit
KMBC Kansas City, August 21st

The Lee's Summit police and fire departments teamed up to give him a life-sized experience. Brayden got up-close looks at police motorcycles and even went for a ride in an antique fire truck. He also received a police badge and got to spray a fire hose...Read more

Old Tyme Summer Festival set for Sunday in Elmira's Brand Park
Corning Leader, August 21st

There will be a classic car show from noon-3 p.m., and antique appraisals by Michael Watts of Antique Revival. Children's activities will include fire truck rides, inflatables and slides, face painting, and visits by Dora the Explorer, Spongebob...Read more

Utica Craftsman Restores Antique Fire Truck to Former Glory
TWC News, August 11th

A 1949 Utica fire truck has been restored to its former glory and was returned to the city Monday. The 700 Series America LaFrance pumper was used in the city for nearly 40 years. The old truck was going to be taken apart and used for scrap, but in...Read more

Antique fire truck returns home to St. Charles Fire Department
KTTC, August 4th

The same fire truck was used back in the 1960s to promote the fire department as it was raising money for a new fire hall. That hall stands today and ironically enough the truck has returned as the department seeks funds for the next new fire hall...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