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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Sorting old letters
Flathead Publishing Group, April 23rd

In the course of sorting personal memorabilia so my family doesn't have to do that after I kick the bucket, I've found several boxes of correspondence from friends and foes alike. One box is stuff from my 70th birthday party held at the Outlaw Inn...Read more

Obama in Oso: Reports from the pool
The Spokesman Review (blog), April 22nd

4:50 p.m. Pool report: Obama spoke to fire fighters and paramedics at the Oso firehouse, standing under a handmade banner that read “Oso Strong” next to a bright red Snohomish County fire truck. The walls of the firehouse were papered with signs...Read more

Green Forest gets three new businesses
Carroll County News, April 22nd

The council later approved the sale of the 1972 International antique fire truck that the department did not have room to house. The truck sold for about $3,500, which was the highest of multiple bids. Fire Chief Tim Howard suggested to take the money...Read more

Longtime Home Township fire chief retiring
Greenville Daily News, April 22nd

He plans on using his new downtime from firefighting to spend more time with his family, including his wife, Carol, as well as more recreational activities, such as restoring antique farm tractors. Linton said his only regret as fire chief is not being...Read more

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Star Local Media, April 22nd

Most people wouldn't know every Firehouse Subs is decorated with firefighting memorabilia donated by local fire departments and has a custom hand-painted mural that pays tribute to the local community. Chief mural artist Joe Puskas and his team paint ...Read more

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WIBW, April 22nd

Last year, a fireman ran the course fully dressed in firefighting gear. Are they trying to prove something to themselves ... Ten years on, he keeps a little corner of his classroom developed to Tillman memorabilia. "My current students have no idea who...Read more

Fifth annual Wildfire Safety Expo to be held May 3
Lake County News, April 22nd

Firefighting demonstrations will be conducted, and present-day and antique fire equipment will be on display. “This event is for Lake County residents and will provide 'one stop shopping' for homeowners to take responsibility for their own safety and ...Read more

Chelsea Spring Expo was bigger than ever
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Among this year's 152 vendors, there were businesses like Merkle Furniture & Carpet One downtown and Chelsea Lanes & Antique Mall, on the south side of town, dentists, insurance, food, golf, flowers, and virtually everything else that's around these...Read more