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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The Chris Wolf Show talks with Andy Swift about antique fire trucks Monday ..., March 29th

Swift is generally considered one of the world's foremost authorities on antique fire engine restoration. From the 1800s on, his shop has restored fire engines from every era of firefighting apparatus. He has done work for Jay Leno, the New York City...Read more

Museum To Highlight YFD History
Yankton Daily Press, March 27th

“Off and on throughout the years, we've been talking about a home for our two antique trucks,” Nickles said. “Originally it ... Nickles added the museum will also make provisions to display a piece of firefighting memorabilia from outside of Yankton...Read more

Statue to be unveiled in honor of Campbellsville fire captain
WLKY Louisville, March 27th

The fire truck bucket got too close to high-voltage power lines. Tony Grider was shocked and died one month later. "You think ... It sits in a big glass case filled with photos, articles, and other memorabilia. Shofner spent the past six months...Read more

MY RIDE GARAGE: Antique fire trucks are this hit of the parades
Times Herald-Record, March 27th

Antique fire trucks always impress as they ride the parade route. The New Hampton Fire Company purchased and restored their own parade truck and one of the members even has a fire truck of his own, today on My Ride Garage. Posted Mar. 24, 2015 at ...Read more

A Remember When update: Antique fire truck
The Sun Chronicle, March 19th

Cindy (Wellman) Ficicchy of Wareham, formerly of Attleboro, wrote to let us know she is one of the children pictured in last week's Remember When photo, right. She said she's on the far right, her sister Marilyn is on the far left and her sister Ellen...Read more

Evitt family donates $2315 towards restoration of LaFayette's first fire truck
Northwest Georgia News, March 18th

5534 has survived its time since its retirement tucked away at the LaFayette Fire Department. The city of LaFayette has a “Go Fund Me” campaign at to raise $10,000 to restore the antique fire truck. (Messenger photo...Read more

Family of man killed by antique truck sues driver, city of Bangor
Press Herald, March 5th

The family of a Holden man who was killed by an antique fire truck in the 2013 July 4 parade is suing the driver of the truck, the city of Bangor and the civic group that organized that year's parade. Wallace Fenlason, 63, was driving an antique...Read more

5K to benefit efforts to restore antique fire truck
WBTV, March 4th

The Salisbury Fire Department, in coordination with the Salisbury Rowan Runners, will host the 7th annual St. Patrick's Day 5k next Saturday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the J.F. Hurley YMCA. The race will also serve as the 2015 Road Runners Club of...Read more