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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Hahn Motors Reunion and Muster sparks memories
Republican & Herald, September 28th

1, Hamburg, and the Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus Association, Philadelphia, and featured more than 60 fire trucks built by plant. Gene Middlecamp, Hamburg, joined those who gathered to watch the parade through the ... Dave Weng...Read more

Confluence readies for PumpkinFest
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 27th

There will be a PumpkinFest queen pageant, a largest pumpkin contest, a pumpkin balloon bounce ride, a pumpkin recipe, pie and pie-eating contest, pumpkin carving at the Arts Center, a Great Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, an amateur photo contest, an antique and...Read more

Ringing in the New by Restoring the Old
Martha's Vineyard Gazette, September 27th

Made of “bell bronze,” a special alloy of tin and copper, the antique bell now hangs from a new stationary stainless steel yoke next door to the Edgartown Fire Station Museum. The bell's new role is to ring during ceremonies and for funeral services...Read more

Vendors Capitalize On Wildfires By Selling T-Shirts
WFMY News 2, September 25th

Cal Fire representatives say these are private vendors making a profit off of the memorabilia. ... CALIFORNIA -- Buying and selling T-shirts that commemorate large fires has become part of the firefighting culture, and California's King Fire is no...Read more

Survive a California wildfire, buy the T-shirt
USA TODAY, September 24th

Buying and selling T-shirts that commemorate large fires has become part of the firefighting culture, and California's King Fire is no exception. .... While many locals have bought the memorabilia, the majority of customers buying the shirts are...Read more

Antique fire truck returns to Oneida after 50 years
Oneida Dispatch, September 21st

Antique fire truck returns to Oneida after 50 years. The 1917 American LeFrance fire truck once owned by the Oneida Fire Department and recently repurchased by firefighters. JOHN HAEGER @ONEIDAPHOTO ON TWITTER/ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH...Read more

Antique fire truck used to give last rides to fallen Michigan firefighters ...
Bay City Times, September 10th

BAY CITY, MI — For long-time Bay Area businessman James "Jimmie" Dobson, his legacy comes in the form of a pristine antique fire truck now used to transport fallen firefighters from Michigan and Ontario to their final resting place. Dobson, 85...Read more

Firefighting Memorabilia On The Block, September 5th

Long-time firefighter and former Point Edward Chief Ron Sparling has been collecting firefighting memorabilia since he started out with the Forest Volunteers in 1972. Now he's putting the entire collection, over 400 pieces, on the block. Everything...Read more