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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Parade mural still on despite recent site controversy
Keizertimes, August 2nd

The mural will face north with the parade running toward River Road North and include images in the following order: pet parade, McNary High School's JROTC color guard, Keizer Fire District's antique fire truck, the McNary band members, a rodeo court, ...Read more

'American Pickers' looking for locals
Times Reporter, July 31st

The documentary series explores antique searching. “American Pickers” follows its two hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on road trips across the ... Some items being sought include vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie...Read more

West Hartford Fire Station Celebrating 100th Anniversary
Hartford Courant, July 31st

The family-friendly event will include a restored 1915 American LaFrance fire truck similar to the first truck assigned to the station, courtesy of the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department. There will also be 1914 drawings for the station by Hartford...Read more

Reality TV show 'American Pickers' to film in Oregon
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, July 30th

Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50s western gear,” a...Read more

Duggan: Piece of firefighting history coming home
The Coloradoan, July 30th

Last weekend's auction of antique tractors and sundry other pieces of equipment at Swets Farm had an unusual participant: Poudre Fire Authority. PFA wanted to reclaim a piece of its history. On the auction block was a historic “Holabird” firetruck that...Read more

Firefighting memorabilia on display at Wyckoff library, July 29th

Firefighting memorabilia on display at Wyckoff library. July 30, 2015 Last updated: Thursday, July 30, 2015, ... Library director Mary Witherell teamed up with members of the Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department to showcase an antique collection of...Read more

Fallen firefighters remembered on fifth anniversary
Franklin News Post, July 29th

Rocky Mount Fire Chief Posey Dillon and veteran firefighter Danny Altice were remembered Sunday in two special events on the fifth anniversary of their deaths in a fire truck crash on July 26, 2010. The Red Knights and Blue Knights motorcycle clubs...Read more

Antique fire-truck show joins First Saturday in Georgetown
Coastal Point, July 9th

Fire-truck lovers will converge on Georgetown this weekend, as antique fire trucks will be on display at the Marvel Carriage Museum as part of the Georgetown Historical Society's First Saturday. “First Saturday started in May and runs through September...Read more