WANTED: Pressed Steel Toys
Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:27 PM
I'm also interested in gas-powered tether race cars from the same time period (pre-1965). Once again, I'm interested in all manufacturers: Cox Thimbledrome, Ohlsson & Rice, Dooling Brothers, etc.
I'm not looking to offer you pennies on the dollar and then profit on eBay; I'll do my best to make you a fair offer and your stuff will go into my permanrnt collection. The only reason I ever sell anything is if I find a better condition example down the road, and any money made from these sales get rolled directly into acquiring more pieces.
So if any of you have this sort of thing and are looking to sell it, please PM me.
Thanks for reading!
Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:43 PM
Posted 05 October 2009 - 10:04 PM
First shelf, top to bottom:
-1961 Tonka Allied Van Lines semi
-1948 Doepke Adams road grader (one of my favorites)
-1960 Buddy-L Coca-Cola delivery truck
-1960 Structo Airlines scissor-lift box truck
-1956 Marx Lumar Utility Service telephone truck
-1954 Buddy-L Hi-Lift Farm Supplies dump truck
Second shelf, top to bottom:
-1959 Buddy-L Texaco tanker
-1960 Structo Auto Transport
-1962 Tonka Army pickup
-1958 Tonka hydraulic dump truck
-1961 Structo hydraulic garbage truck (the rare all white version; most often these are seen with a black or dark blue cab)
-1955 Marx U.S. Army troop transport
I have many more scattered around my place, including the entire 1958 Tonka State Hi-Way construction set and a very rare 1956 Structo Western Auto deluxe semi with its original box, a 1950 Structo Hydraulic hook & ladder (deluxe version with battery-operated siren), a 1941 Marx Lightning Express ride-on steam locomotive, some 1930's sand toys by Wolverine, etc.
Posted 05 October 2009 - 10:21 PM
I also have a very old '37-38 Chevy cast iron coupe (I think it has wood wheels), and an all-aluminum circa '40 coupe- no markings, generic design. The '37 I'm keeping, but the '40 I would gladly let go... tho I think it's outside your focus.
Nice, neat collection, BTW !!
Edited by balthazar, 05 October 2009 - 10:21 PM.
Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:58 AM
Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:57 PM
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The Nylint stuff I have is in pretty deplorable shape, plus it's larger scale that I believe you show above. There's a dune buggy & a "Vacationer' trailer- both banged up w/ some rust. Junk.
Edited by balthazar, 06 October 2009 - 07:59 PM.
Posted 06 October 2009 - 08:36 PM
Anybody else have something to share?
Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:14 PM
Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:38 PM
Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar, 06 October 2009 - 09:39 PM.
Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:15 AM
Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:11 AM
That's exactly how big my Texaco tanker is, 7 inches tall and about 25 inches overall length. All the major toy manufacturers in this era made one large scale of toy, which is what you see here, and maybe one mini scale. I collect only this scale from this era, the earlier toys; the mini stuff is a bit later, say mid to late 60's. The 1960's was a big turning point for toys. At the beginning of the decade, they were all-steel save for little things like windshields and sideview mirrors, and were representative of what was really on the road. By the end of the 1960's, the use of plastic was much more liberal, and the styling of real vehicles was ditched largely in favor of a combination of cartoonish mod styling and the styling of experimental gas turbine trucks of the era. Almost everything ended up with a wedge-shaped cab with a mile high windshield, giant chrome stacks that look like Corvette sidepipes turned on end, and Cragar S/S wheels with big fat (sometimes raised white letter) drag radials, as if George Barris took over the design teams of every toy manufacturer. These toys do not interest me AT ALL. Once they stop looking real, I have zero interest in them. These two Structo dump trucks illustrate what I'm talking about:
This dump truck is from anywhere from 1961-1963. Looks a lot like the Fords of the era that would be on the road. The only plastic on the entire truck besides the windshield are the windshield wipers, sideview mirrors and horn, which the owner was responsible for putting on; they came in a little bag inside the box. Tires have a tread that look like they belong on a dump truck.
This dump truck is from anywhere from 1966-1968. Modeled after the experimental gas turbine trucks of the era. It has an ugly molded plastic interior, and an ugly molded plastic one-piece grille/headlights/bumper. Wheels appear to be Cragar S/S's or Torq-Thrusts with Hoosier street slicks. Ridiculous.
Northstar: Any chance your father would be looking to get rid of his toys? If so, let me know.
Anybody else have old toys kicking around they're looking to get rid of, or even just feel like talking about them and the thousands of miles of roads you built in the backyard with them? Please share!
Edited by XP715, 07 October 2009 - 08:13 AM.
Posted 07 October 2009 - 06:07 PM
>>"Tires have a tread that look like they belong on a dump truck."<<
Military tread tires with wide whitewalls.
Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:43 PM
Also, since I can't add to my original post, if you all could also be on the lookout for pre-1962 Erector sets, toy steam engines from any American/English/German manufacturers (Jensen, Marklin, Bing, Fleischmann, etc.), and any old lithographed tin train sets (Marx, American Flyer, etc.), or anything else you may think I might be interested in, please let me know. Even if you want to keep it, I'd still love to hear about it and maybe see some pictures. Surely more of you than have spoken up so far have something neat of this nature they'd like to talk about and/or show off.
Edited by XP715, 07 October 2009 - 08:44 PM.
Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:58 PM
Wish I could help.
Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:01 PM
Posted 11 October 2009 - 08:12 AM
Underneath you can see part of my 1941 Marx Lightning Express ride-on steam locomotive. This stuff is still out there, guys! Keep your responses coming!
Posted 25 January 2010 - 09:03 PM
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