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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Exhibits and galleries
Times Herald-Record, February 26th

Fri. 341-9386. Motorcyclepedia: Antique model trains, 250 Lake St., Newburgh. ... Orange County Firefighters Museum: Museum chronicles the history of firefighting in Orange County and houses a collection of firefighting equipment and memorabilia. It...Read more

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Newsmax.com, February 26th

The American Museum of Firefighting in Hudson displays a "tremendous" variety of firefighting vehicles, memorabilia and equipment. "There are a number of trucks to climb on, equipment to dress up and pretend to be a firefighter, and knowledgeable staff...Read more

Restoring history: Once a firehouse, now a home
WKRC TV Cincinnati, February 25th

Aside from the tools and equipment the firefighters left behind, the Griffiths have encorporated lots of authentic firefighter memorabilia throughout the home. It's an ode to Cincinnati firefighting history and the Griffiths say their young sons get a...Read more

Old fire station to become new museum
Spartan Daily, February 25th

It has a wide collection that consists of historical firefighting equipment and memorabilia which date back to 1810 from fire trucks and engines to bells and badges. The badge of Hook & Ladder 1 is McMillan's favorite piece of the fire museum's...Read more

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The News Journal, February 23rd

Fireman's Hall Museum: Try on firefighting gear, see antique firetrucks and tools, participate in interactive displays and learn about fire prevention and safety at the Fireman's Hall Museum. Located in a restored firehouse, at least one active...Read more

Honoring Those Who Serve
Lincoln Journal Star, February 23rd

After 100 years of serving our community, the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department decided to create a museum with its collection of memorabilia. In 1982, Fire Station One set up a room full of former firefighting equipment and covered the walls with...Read more

Salem Fire Chief looking for support to restore antique fire truck
NJ.com, February 16th

SALEM -- Salem Fire Chief Fred Ayars is trying to save a piece of the department's and the city's history, and he's asking for just a little help to do it. About two years ago, he bought a 1940 American LaFrance 561 Close Cab fire engine that was...Read more

WITH VIDEO: Tallmadge Historical Society to build new housing for antique fire ...
Tallmadge Express, January 31st

Tallmadge -- The Tallmadge Historical Society plans on undertaking two major projects this year: building a pole building to house an antique fire truck and repairing headstones at Tallmadge Cemetery. Funds from a trust set up from an endowment will...Read more