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Walbert Yankee Tank WWI style 1920s. Pressed steel wind up.

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Model Cars911 of 1704Structo Pressed Steel Tank 1930s. Electric headlight. Atkins pedal car
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Posted 2 years ago

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Dr_Rambow
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Walbert Manufacturing Company in Chicago made this wonderful 14" tank out of pressed steel with wooden wheels and rubber-on-canvass tracks. I've only ever seen a handful of other pieces made by Walbert, so I can only guess they were short lived. Further proof of this is the near-exact copy of this toy made by Wolverine (a Pittsburgh company): http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5466743

When I fist got it, it wasn't running. I had to file down a lump of solder on on the drive axle (leftover from an old repair), but most of the work was done by the miracle worker known as WD-40. I was so excited to see it run!

This thing puts a smile on my face every time I see it, by far one of my most treasured pieces.

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  1. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 years ago
    Many thanks for the love folks!
  2. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Love the graphics on box too ! Very Nice ! Love it . Thanks for sharing this vintage tank and box !
  3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 years ago
    Thanks Manikin! This is one of my all time favorites, I just wish it was easier to find cool stuff like this!
  4. alanhuth, 4 months ago
    Hello Dr Rambow,

    This toy was made by my grandfather, Walter Huth. His partner was named Bert. Hence the name. I don't have one of these, but I'm looking for one. Any interest in selling it?

    Thanks,
    alanhuth gmail

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