Posted 5 years ago
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.