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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Yesterday, and tomorrow: New area for kids planned at Naper Settlement
Naperville Sun, April 18th

The firehouse, to be focused on themes of fire safety and public protection, will be home to two antique implements: the Joe Naper Pumper, which was the city's first piece of firefighting equipment, purchased in 1874; and the 1924 Ahrens Fox, the city...Read more

Suit seeks to settle fireman's $1.2M estate
Asbury Park Press, April 17th

Fire Chief Lou DeRosa said that Esposito was a longtime volunteer firefighter. DeRosa said that if the $50,000 disbursement comes through, some of the money would be used to purchase equipment and help restore an antique fire truck, and some will go to ...Read more

Rob Ford launches campaign by thanking those who stuck by him through 'rocky ...
Toronto Star, April 17th

His main rivals, Olivia Chow and John Tory, chose much smaller venues for their events that did not feature a bagpipe entrance, a rock band, balloons, campaign memorabilia — for sale — or a firetruck with a banner “Saving the taxpayers from getting...Read more

Suit seeks to settle firefighter's $1.2M estate
Dailyrecord.com, April 17th

MORRISTOWN — Weeks before he died of cancer on June 29, 2011, Madison volunteer firefighter Peter Esposito prepared a last will and testament that bequeathed $200,000 to the borough and another $1 million to friends, relatives and St. Vincent's Church ...Read more

Former Cape May County resident's huge, and unique, auto collection up for ...
Press of Atlantic City, April 17th

Items on the block will include a steam locomotive, a 1906 San Francisco cable car, an 1870 steam fire pumper, a Conestoga horse-drawn wagon, several antique airplane engines and various early-American vintage automobiles. They are just a few of the...Read more

FLORENCE: Community celebrates life of Chief Scully
Packet Online, April 17th

Chief Scully was lifted by his fellow officers onto an antique Florence Township fire truck where he made a final ride through the town, stopping at the police department before his final resting place in Odd Fellows Mausoleum in Burlington Township...Read more

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Longview Daily News, April 16th

Castle Rock Exhibit Hall: Permanent collection of old-time logging displays, Castle Rock's 1938 fire truck, Mount St. Helens exhibits and north Cowlitz County memorabilia. Donations welcome. Winter hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. 47 Front...Read more

Coming up: 'Miss Julia' book-signing, egg hunt, car show
Gaston Gazette, April 16th

Ann B. Ross, author of the best-selling “Miss Julia” series will visit Fireside Books and Gifts, 212 S. Lafayette St., Shelby, at 3 p.m. Friday to discuss her new novel, “Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover.” In the new book, Miss Julia has been looking...Read more