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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Osage County Online | Osage County News, November 23rd

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Families uphold traditions at holiday parade
Jacksonville Daily News, November 23rd

Holiday parade. Santa rides in a vintage fire truck to concluded the Jacksonville Holiday Parade on Western Boulevard on Saturday. John Sudbrink / The Daily News. By Christopher Thomas Christopher.Thomas@JDNews.com ... Next year will herald the...Read more

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Salina Journal, November 23rd

From the Live Nativity at Santa Fe Avenue and Ash Street, to fire truck rides, a Toy Train Exhibit at Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, antique fire truck rides at Sunflower Bank, and horse-drawn carriage rides, downtown Salina was loaded with...Read more

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Salisbury Post, November 22nd

13, antique fire truck rides will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Santa Claus and the Grinch in front of Okey Dokey at 126 E. Innes St. Finally, New Year's Eve just wouldn't be the same without literally ringing in the new year at the Bell...Read more

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Firehouse.com, November 22nd

Riverside Drive was closed for the duration of the firefighting effort and residents were unable to leave their homes by vehicle in that time. McDonald's restaurant sent 105 hamburgers to feed the firefighters, and Dunkin' Donuts supplied ... Almost...Read more

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The Delaware County Daily Times, November 22nd

Dedicated to U.S. veterans, the parade featured several string bands, the Sun Valley High School Marching Band, antique cars, fire apparatus, police vehicles, clubs, organizations, dance schools, boy and girl scouts, local businesses, religious...Read more

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Patch.com, November 22nd

Homewood is thinking outside the Big Box this holiday season with the installation of a large shipping container in its downtown area. The “Big Box” will open on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It will also be open on Friday, Dec...Read more

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Daily Beast, November 22nd

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