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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Mardi Gras organizations in Mobile and Baldwin make the good times roll with ...
AL.com, January 25th

Units in the parade will include lead marshals on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Gulf Shores High School, a Corvette convertible carrying the 2015 Queen, an antique convertible carrying the grand marshal, Marlin float, Emblem float, City Boat float, 50...Read more

Old House has a future on Raeford-Hoke Museum grounds
Fayetteville Observer, January 24th

The five-acre museum grounds has a building housing a 1921 fire truck and other emergency equipment, a building with antique dolls, a one-room schoolhouse and a country store. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The museum is open ...Read more

Chamber installs directors, honors citizen of the year
The Record Gazette, January 23rd

She also remembers two years ago when Hammer gave fire truck rides to her daughter Hannah and 12 of her friends. “It just made their whole night exciting ... Hammer asked Menefee if she could insure an antique fire engine. Menefee said yes. Her company ...Read more

Restored '57 GMC truck represents a large part of OC's firefighting history
OCRegister, January 22nd

The history of Orange County's fire and rescue operations can be told many different ways, but it's on property owned but the Santa Margarita Water District that it's communicated through decades of vehicles: The first-run engines that were dispatched...Read more

'Backstrom' star Rainn Wilson takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test
Entertainment Weekly, January 22nd

by a fire truck? I literally start to sweat from places that I didn't know I had sweat glands.” 9. You investigate an arson case in an episode of Backstrom. Let's say there's a fire in your house. What piece of pop culture memorabilia do you grab...Read more

Navasota firefighter refuses to call it quits after 40 years
The Navasota Examiner, January 21st

While Wellman remained a volunteer for Old Washington, his love for firefighting soon took over and he joined Navasota's fire department in 1972. Two years later, he ... One of the first fire trucks Wellman rode in remains at the station today, as...Read more

Retired Atlantic County fire marshal keeps fire in his belly with firefighting ...
Press of Atlantic City, January 4th

He has seen firefighting change drastically, he said. He remembered writing fire calls on a giant chalkboard in Pleasantville, then ringing engine bells like the ones on display in his museum to alert companies of a fire, because they didn't have radios...Read more

Five-Alarm Obsession: A Fire Truck Buff Custom-Builds Models
New York Times, January 2nd

“He'd give me pamphlets and memorabilia as old as the hills.” During the 1970s, when “half my neighborhood went to hell” from constant fires, Mr. Eve said, he would follow the trucks to the fires, then help wash and pack up the hoses. He also had an...Read more