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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Rosecrance Florian Program Helps Fire Service with Addiction and Mental ..., December 20th

Florian clients have their own coed 1,800-square-foot, eight-bed unit that was recently repainted and remodeled to include firefighter memorabilia. Staff such as Dr. Garcia, .... Because as in firefighting, in treatment, time can be of the essence. And...Read more

Santa, firefighters team up to feed hungry families
KXLY Spokane, December 19th

They maintain and decorated the antique engine all on their personal time. “It takes me probably around 40 hours to put all the lights on the fire truck, and we have lots of talented guys who have welded on things so that the reindeer float out front...Read more

Santa Drives Fire Truck To Donate Hundreds Of Toys To Stamford Children, December 19th

On Saturday, December 20 at 1:30pm, members of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association (SPFFA) will depart from the Drill Field at 148 Magee Avenue on an antique fire truck driven by Santa to deliver toys to children across Stamford...Read more

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Bucks Local News, December 18th

Santa will arrive around 5:30 p.m. by fire truck to light the borough tree and announce the winner of the float competition. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Morrisville Library will feature Black Cat Balloons, tree decorating, ornament making and refreshments. A...Read more

Thanks for supporting parade
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, December 18th

Thank you to the Beaver Dam community for lining the parade route at the Holiday Parade Dec. 6. Thank you, also, to the parade entrants who did such a fantastic job of decorating your entries to the theme of “Let It Snow.” The committee thanks the...Read more

Wolfforth plans to make Christmas parade, celebration an annual event, December 17th

Young girls who walked beside the city's antique fire truck in the parade said they got the gig through some weird circumstances. “I ate too many snickerdoodles and all of the sudden, I shrunk two sizes and I became an elf. And I got pointy ears. And...Read more

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ThisWeekNews, December 17th

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Virginia Connection Newspapers, December 16th

#When Santa Claus cruises through Vienna-area neighborhoods on an antique fire truck, siren and holiday music blaring through loudspeakers, when North Pole elves dress up as Vienna Volunteer Fire Department [VVFD] EMTs handing out candy canes ...Read more