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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Quincy Christmas Parade theme is 'through the eyes of a child'
The Patriot Ledger, October 9th

As a result, both Bausemer and Norris will receive commemorative plaques and the opportunity to ride in antique automobiles in the city's 63rd annual Christmas Parade, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29. Norris has attended the parade for many years, but...Read more

Museum displays vintage cast-iron toy fire apparatus
Daily Commercial, October 9th

Longtime Mount Dora residents Sandy McCracken and daughter Carey DeLibro look at the vintage cast-iron toy fire equipment on display at the Mount Dora Historical Museum. They came to the museum to join the Mount Dora Historical Society...Read more

Zebulon Night Out set for Tuesday at town hall
News & Observer, October 9th

Aaron Moody i. The Zebulon Fire Department offers free rides on its antique fire truck at Zebulon Night Out at the Zebulon Community Center in Zebulon, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver...Read more

Topeka firefighers open their door to the public for an open house
WIBW, October 9th

Participants will be able to get hands on and have their photo taken in actual firefighting gear participate in fire extinguisher demonstrations and even spray water from a real life fire hose. Playing with fire equipment can work up a real appetite...Read more

Antique fire truck, stored for years, displayed in Tolono
WREX-TV, September 22nd

TOLONO, Ill. (AP) - An antique fire truck once used in Tolono (tuh-LOH'-noh) is back on display after 13 years hidden in obscurity and uncertainty. Denny Davis is a 40-year Tolono volunteer firefighter who bought the red classic and placed it on...Read more

Tallmadge Historical Society dedicates new pole building for antique fire truck
Tallmadge Express, September 19th

Tallmadge -- The city of Tallmadge's 1947 Mack fire truck has a new place to call home. Members of the Tallmadge Historical Society gathered Sept. 1 for a dedication of the recently built pole building, which is located in the parking lot behind the...Read more

Antique 1933 Greenport fire truck to be dedicated back to fire department
SoutholdLOCAL, September 11th

A fire truck with a rich history will be celebrated on Sunday as it's dedicated back to the Greenport Fire Department, its original home. The road that brought the fire truck full circle was long and fraught with challenges — and the story of how a...Read more

County now owners of antique fire truck
Edson Leader, September 11th

You don't look a gift horse, or in this case, a gift fire truck in the mouth. Yellowhead County Council has taken possession of an antique fire truck at the Sept. 8 meeting from the Wildwood Fire Station Association. It comes with conditions that have...Read more