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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Cars for a cause: Church to host annual event to raise money for Car Care Ministry
Marietta Daily Journal, August 31st

The McEachern United Methodist Church men will host their annual car show to raise money for the church's Car Care Ministry. The ministry repairs cars for single mothers and senior citizens who can't afford to do so themselves. They also purchase the...Read more

Lemonade and Blues Festival jam-packs city streets with fun
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, August 30th

Cheerleaders cheered, Firefighter Josh Parks cruised through town in the city's 1930s vintage fire truck, and the Landmark antique Mall's float caught the attention of people lining both sides of the street. Regal Roses, featuring Abigail Belcher on...Read more

Preserving history and camaraderie
Calhoun Times, August 29th

On Friday, August, 21, Sheriff Mitch Ralston and two of his deputies traveled nine miles across Gordon County to Gordon County Fire Station 1, on Belwood Road, in the 1941 GMC Fire Truck that they have been restoring. Prior to 1965, there were no paid...Read more

TO SAVE OUR FELLOW CITIZENS: Philadelphia's Volunteer Firefighting history on ...
Bucks Local News, August 28th

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

Landmark Md. Playground Fire Truck Removed After 36 Years, August 25th

Monday was moving day for the 1955 American LaFrance antique fire truck, which has a new mission now that the daycare staff and children have left the area and moved into a new building nearby. Former volunteer firefighter Dave Hilliard, of the ...Read more

Fire truck leaves Laurel learning center after 36 years
Baltimore Sun, August 24th

Dave Hilliard removes old toys and other debris from underneath the 1955 American LaFrance antique fire truck which is being removed from the Pallotti Early Learning Center and will be used for spare parts for a simular firetruck in the possesion of Mr ...Read more

Antique fire truck turns 100 years old
Daily Democrat, August 14th

Antique fire truck turns 100 years old. Bill Wilson, who was largely responsible for restoring a 1915 Seagrave Fire Pumper, sits on the newly rehabilitated machine recently. Courtesy. By Democrat staff. Posted: 08/14/15, 3:49 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago...Read more

Carter: A Bright Star for the Future (blog), August 2nd

In the past 8 years he has broadened his collection to include uniform hats, helmets, challenge coins, nozzles, as well as a variety of fire truck miniatures. He now calls his operation the Rescue Operations & Organizations Museum (ROOM). He is...Read more