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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Fort Langley's farm museum has by season
Langley AdvanceNews, April 14th

Monday, May 19, is the annual May Day Parade and will feature 10 entries of antique tractors and wagons from the museum. The parade starts ... So check out the past and the present with more than 20 exhibits, including a vintage fire truck. All special...Read more

Capsule contains 2014 snapshot
Marlborough Express, April 14th

A time capsule filled with firefighting memorabilia has been hidden in the walls of Blenheim Fire Station. Blenheim chief fire officer Rob Dalton said volunteer firefighter Craig Love came up with the idea to bury a box of items related to Blenheim...Read more

BFP reminds public to be careful with candles
Philippine Information Agency, April 14th

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - - The Bureau of Fire Protection is reminding the public to be careful in their use of candles especially this Holy Week because it can cause fire. SFO2 Alex L. Ortiaga , Municipal Fire Marshall of San Jose Fire Station said it...Read more

Worcester Telegram, April 13th

Whitinsville Christian School Annual Auction Attendees may view and bid on sports memorabilia, exotic and local trips, restaurants, antiques, gift baskets and more, 6-9:30 p.m. $20; $160 for a table of 8. April 12. Krull Memorial Auditorium...Read more

Council committee takes up police cruiser replacement
Lancaster Eagle Gazette, April 12th

But in the last couple of years, the leasing option was abandoned to save money, and the police department's fleet was replaced using grants, sales of antique weapons and general fund money. After the meeting, the department provided The Eagle-Gazette...Read more

Quincy Historical Society's annual meeting set
Coldwater Daily Reporter, April 12th

His interest in restoration and firefighting history extends to his home of 25 years — the Historic No.4 Fire Station of Battle Creek. The station was built in 1903 and is listed on both the city's and State of Michigan's Historic Registers. Lun works...Read more

Dog rescuers team up with Easter Bunny in Oakville, April 11th

There will also be a barbecue, hot chocolate and a visit from an antique Oakville fire truck. All photos will be taken by Petographer Maria Bell of Two photos cost $10 and one photo costs $5 — proceeds will support Your Dog Rescue. For...Read more

Festival growing like wildfire in Chatham-Kent
Chatham Daily News, April 10th

Brent Denure reaches for the brass bell on a 1950 Bickle Seagrave aerial ladder fire truck to draw attention to Firefest 2014 returning to Chatham, On. in September. Organizers announced a new addition to the event, FireFest Combat ... The challenge...Read more