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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There's plenty to do this holiday season
Cincinnati.com, November 26th

Horse-drawn carriage rides, antique fire truck rides, carolers, special promotions, music and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Gingerbread houses and children's story time. Free. 513-831-1500; www.downtownmilfordohio.com. Friday: Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting...Read more

Los Gatos: The 58th annual holiday parade is ready to march through downtown.
San Jose Mercury News, November 26th

Moments later, Santa is scheduled to arrive in a 1949 antique fire truck. He'll visit with children for an hour before returning to the North Pole. Good thing it's an early evening because parade set up begins at the crack of dawn on Dec. 6. That's...Read more

Thanksgiving parade marches on in Fountain Hills
azcentral.com, November 26th

The parade will also include all the regular trappings: The Fountain Hills high school band, the local fire department, businesses, churches and Santa Claus riding in antique fire truck. "It's just a hometown parade with floats that the kids make in...Read more

Operation Santa, serving Clackamas Fire District 1, enters 40th year of toy ...
OregonLive.com, November 26th

Santa will ride atop an antique fire truck, escorted by other fire vehicles, through area neighborhoods, while volunteers collect food and toy donations from the community members along the route. Operation-Santa.jpg View full sizeThe Operation Santa...Read more

City of North Bend Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration Thu, Dec 11 ...
Coos Bay World, November 26th

Antique fire truck. The City of North Bend's annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration will begin at 5:45 p.m. just in time to welcome Santa who will arrive about 6 p.m. to help Mayor Rick Wetherell light the Christmas Tree. Join the...Read more

Kiddin' Around: Fireman's Hall Museum
Philly.com, November 26th

You're not allowed to climb on the antique trucks and coaches in the Fireman's Hall Museum in Old City. ... Upstairs (elevator or stair access): Part of a firefighting ship, walls of fire marks, history of Ben Franklin's 1736 Union Fire Co., and a...Read more

Celebrations: 13 iconic Sonoma County festivities
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, November 25th

When Santa arrives on an antique fire truck, kids shriek with delight. Local merchants, restaurants and bars get into the act, too. In 2013, Barndiva restaurant roasted chestnuts over an open fire and offered “spirited libations.” Nearby stores gave...Read more

Things to do this week: Nov. 26-30
Cincinnati.com, November 25th

Shopping, dining and holiday festivities. Horse-drawn carriage rides, antique fire truck rides, carolers, special promotions, music and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Gingerbread houses and children's story time. Free. 513-831-1500; www.downtownmilfordohio.com...Read more