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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MONTGOMERY: Belle Mead fire company celebrates 75 years
Packet Online, September 22nd

The Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 will host its 75th anniversary party on Sept. 27. The event will feature a beer garden, food, music, entertainment and antique fire trucks and will take place at the station at 35 Griggstown Road in...Read more

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Elgin Courier News, September 21st

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Oneida Dispatch, September 21st

Antique fire truck returns to Oneida after 50 years. The 1917 American LeFrance fire truck once owned by the Oneida Fire Department and recently repurchased by firefighters. JOHN HAEGER @ONEIDAPHOTO ON TWITTER/ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH...Read more

Holly Beach wants to show off century-old fire truck
Shore News Today, September 19th

To start it, the engine has to be cranked by hand, but it runs, and makes appearances in parades and antique shows. The 65-foot wooden ladder, lanterns, a gold bell, and century-old broom used to put out brush fires, are still on the truck. “We have...Read more

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Bay City Times, September 10th

BAY CITY, MI — For long-time Bay Area businessman James "Jimmie" Dobson, his legacy comes in the form of a pristine antique fire truck now used to transport fallen firefighters from Michigan and Ontario to their final resting place. Dobson, 85...Read more

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Long-time firefighter and former Point Edward Chief Ron Sparling has been collecting firefighting memorabilia since he started out with the Forest Volunteers in 1972. Now he's putting the entire collection, over 400 pieces, on the block. Everything...Read more