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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Car show raises money for Thunderbolt Fire Department
WTOC, October 25th

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Thunderbolt Fire Department is now one step closer to restoring "Ginny", the departments first ever fire truck after a car show was held on Saturday to raise funds for the project. A variety of vehicles were shown at the event...Read more

Sub Shop Extinguishes Hunger
Levittown Tribune, October 24th

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll...Read more

Halloween and harvest-themed events happening in Clackamas County
The Oregonian -, October 24th

Enjoy a twilight stroll throughout a town filled with fun folklore, antique sites, spirits, and storytelling. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Meet at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.; $13; to register, visit .... The Spooky Stroll...Read more

Halloween parade Sunday in village
New Canaan Advertiser, October 24th

New Canaan Chamber of Commerce's annual Halloween Parade takes off through the village on Sunday, Oct. 26. Ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses, super heroes and more will march from Park Street down Elm Street to Main Street and back up Elm, which ...Read more

Hamilton OKs new fire truck
Wicked Local Hamilton, October 23rd

Hamilton will be purchasing a new fire engine, thanks to a vote at the Oct. 20 Town Meeting. Voters approved all articles on the warrant; the vote to purchase the new quint fire truck was unanimous. A two-thirds vote was required on Article 2-5 to...Read more

Salem to unveil new firefighting museum
Eagle-Tribune, October 22nd

A few final tasks need to be completed, including setting up glass showcases of decades of firefighting memorabilia, according to Henry LaBranche. "We're wrapping up very quickly," LaBranche said Tuesday. LaBranche, a former school superintendent who ...Read more

KHTS Fire Truck
KHTS Radio, October 14th

As a sponsor, your business shall receive banner ads on the fire truck picture web page, highlighting your event. Your page will be accessed many times as parents visit to download the free pictures of their kids who have climbed on board our firetruck...Read more

2012 KHTS Antique Fire Truck Santa Clarita Christmas Holiday Tour
KHTS Radio, October 4th

KHTS picks up the winner, along with their family and friends, up to 16 people and drives them on a two-hour tour of the Christmas tree lights throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For More Information about the KHTS Antique Fire Truck. 2012-12-26...Read more