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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I found this in an antique shop yesterday and am trying to find information regarding it.

    It's pressed steel, about 5 1/2" tall, yellow paint and there's no manufacturer mark on it. I tried looking into Buddy L, they do have a hand truck but it doesn't look like this one. Marx? Does anyone know?

    The wheels are a simple metal disk and they do move. I'm thinking it's a moving van accessory but can't prove it.

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    1. VintageStation VintageStation, 7 years ago
      Thank you ROBinHawaii, I'll give that a try!
    2. VintageStation VintageStation, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the like, ho2!
    3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 7 years ago
      These things always get lost, and then mismatched with other toys, but I've seen a few of these matched up with one particular brand, which helps nail down who made it.

      I think you might indeed have a buddy L hand cart, thought it seems to match up better with the later mid 30s models (perhaps later). You are right in saying that that it isn't the "normal" one you see in the well known (and magnificent) heavy duty 20s toys. Those had the wheels mounted on the outside via pins. These are hard to track down (no matter what they were with originally), so I'd be excited to find it too!

      Do you have a vehicle to go with it?
    4. VintageStation VintageStation, 7 years ago
      I am excited to have this and sure do wish I had the truck it belongs to! I'd like to think it's a Buddy L but wouldn't it be marked if it was? I think I saw the Buddy L hand trucks were marked on the "step".

      I thought the way the wheels are attached to this one might pre-date the ones with pins, but I really don't know!

      Thanks for the information!
    5. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 7 years ago
      I'm not sure about the marking, perhaps the older ones are, I'll have to look into that. As far as I know, they only really used decals on the trucks (and not hard stamping), so even if this was marked, I wouldn't be too concerned that you can't read it anymore.

      As far as the design of the cart, you have to remember that crudity doesn't always imply age. The depression demanded that things get simplified, dramatically. Buddy L managed to survive by cutting down on just about every aspect of their trucks.

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