Category: Steve Butler

Before and After

Before and After

By Steve Butler BUICK’S POST-WORLD WAR II automobiles were based on the design that the manufacturer had first introduced for the 1942 model year. As […]

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Focal Point: 1951-2 Ford Panel Truck, Marx circa 1952

Focal Point: 1951-2 Ford Panel Truck, Marx circa 1952

By Steve Butler This die cast white metal toy panel truck is obviously a 1951/2 Ford despite a few design departures probably made to facilitate […]

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Focal Point: Convertible with Driver, Occupied Japan, Circa 1948

Focal Point: Convertible with Driver, Occupied Japan, Circa 1948

by Steve Butler Small tin wind-up sedans, most seemingly representing Chevrolets or Pontiacs, are fairly common. Most are marked “OCCUPIED JAPAN” indicating an issue date […]

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The Northrop Delta

The Northrop Delta

By Steve Butler THE NORTHROP CORPORATION was founded in 1930 by Jack Northrop together with the Douglas Aircraft Company. The first planes produced were a […]

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Focal Point: Fix-All Jeep Marx, Circa 1954

Focal Point: Fix-All Jeep Marx, Circa 1954

By Steve Butler It was about 1954 when Marx issued a colorful four-page brochure to present their line of seventeen toys in their “FIXALL” line. […]

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Identity Issues

Identity Issues

By Steve Butler DURING THE 1950s Japanese makers issued numerous tin toy autos of generic design. Many were packaged in boxes with labels having graphics […]

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Peddling Ice Cream

Peddling Ice Cream

By Steve Butler THE RAIN HAD PASSED but it was still a lousy morning. It was windy and way too cold for a Pennsylvania day […]

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Focal Point: Republican Elephant Gund – 1939

Focal Point: Republican Elephant Gund – 1939

By Steve Butler The Republican National Convention preceding the 1940 presidential election was held in Philadelphia from June 24 to June 28, 1940. The goal […]

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Focal Point: 1935 Ford Sedan • Tootsietoy – 1935

Focal Point: 1935 Ford Sedan • Tootsietoy – 1935

By Steve Butler This is a 3-inch Tootsietoy 1935 Ford convertible sedan, an earlier issue because of the silver trim. Later issues were void of […]

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A Car and Its Trailer

A Car and Its Trailer

by Steve Butler FEATURED IS an automobile pulling a camping trailer. This pair surfaced at an auction as part of a box lot containing about […]

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Focal Point: Limousine, Alcyon, 1952

Focal Point: Limousine, Alcyon, 1952

By Steve Butler This is one of those toy automobiles that a person would have trouble passing up at a toy show. And it was […]

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Marchesini Fords Update

Marchesini Fords Update

By Steve Butler ABOUT 2 ½ YEARS AGO this portion of the magazine featured an initial dissertation about 1946-48 Fords made by Marchesini of Italy. […]

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One Southeastern Stages Bus

One Southeastern Stages Bus

by Steve Butler THE BUS WAS PROMINENTLY positioned in the display case at an antique mall. It was parallel to the front of the case […]

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Focal Point: 1938 Plymouths • Plymouth

Focal Point: 1938 Plymouths • Plymouth

By Steve Butler The March 2009 issue of Antique Toy World contained an article about a group of 1939 Plymouths. The die cast lead vehicles […]

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Focal Point: Ford Panel Truck,  Marx circa 1952

Focal Point: Ford Panel Truck, Marx circa 1952

By Steve Butler Okay, at first glance this truck looks like a cheapened version of Marx’s 1948-50 Ford RCA TV repair truck that was issued […]

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