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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Public servant is now the one who needs help
Morganton News Herald, February 5th

There will be antique firefighting equipment available for bidding. To donate items for the auction, contact Lori Webb at 828-443-2497. Zaxby's is located at 2102 S. Sterling St., in Morganton. Ten percent of sales on Feb. 19 will be donated to help...Read more

One-Of-A-Kind 1939 Ford Sedan Delivery
Hot Rod Network, February 3rd

That toy room we were talking about also features antique Harleys, modern Ducatis (which he still rides regularly), a 1941 Willys street/strip car, and a 1956 American LaFrance fire truck. There are also four 1939 Fords. Deuces are his favorite cars...Read more

American Pickers To Film In California
Oakdale Leader, February 3rd

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique 'picking' on the History channel. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and ... Some of what they look for: vintage...Read more

'American Pickers' is coming to California
Napa Valley Register, February 2nd

American Pickers, the show that follows two pickers around the country finding antique and vintage memorabilia, is headed to California looking for fellow pickers and places to explore. ... up on leads for places with large collections of things such...Read more

Tonganoxie calls special meeting for further financing disucssion
The Mirror, February 2nd

The back of the shirts feature the likeness of the antique fire truck that once was used in the area. It now is at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site and is brought out for parades and other events. Fire Chief Jack Holcom said firefighters would be...Read more

'American Pickers' looking for Merced-area collections
Merced Sun-Star, February 1st

The hosts of the History Channel series “American Pickers,” Mike Wolfe, right, and Frank Fritz, are coming to California in March to film their search for valuable memorabilia and antiques. Zachary Maxwell ... The “American Pickers” want to pick...Read more

Waco to rehab old Montana fire truck
The Missoulian, February 1st

After buying the American LaFrance in Montana, it was time for the 3,000-mile round trip: Fly to Billings, get the fire truck, drive home. He said a former member of the Dillon Jaycees sold it to him. The truck's purpose between 1996 and 2003 remains a...Read more

Waco to rehab old Dillon fire truck
Montana Standard, January 29th

The authorities just wanted a photo of what Lohmer was driving: a 1956 American LaFrance fire truck that now belongs to the Waco Fire Department. Lohmer recently donated the open-top truck to be used in parades and funerals for firefighters either...Read more