Category: Steve Butler

Focal Point: Ford Panel Truck, Marx, circa 1952

Focal Point: Ford Panel Truck, Marx, circa 1952

By Steve Butler Having owned the real thing, there is no doubt that the toy panel truck is a rendition of a 1/2 ton 1951-52 […]

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Atypical Twosome

Atypical Twosome

By Steve Butler THERE SEEMS TO BE an endless supply of cast iron toy vehicles in average condition. However, cast iron toy vehicles in better […]

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Focal Point: Lockheed Electra, Tootsietoy, 1941

Focal Point: Lockheed Electra, Tootsietoy, 1941

by Steve Butler Tootsietoy’s 1941 factory catalog includes a illustration of their “No. 125 LOCKHEED ELECTRA” and indicates that the plane was distributed in assorted […]

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A ’57 by TT

A ’57 by TT

By Steve Butler This article starts with a short quiz, and all answers are best guesses. Question 1 – How many different Japanese made tin […]

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Revell ’53 Fords

Revell ’53 Fords

by Steve Butler FOR 1953 Ford changed the design of its line of trucks. Revell, a maker of plastic toys located in Venice, California soon […]

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Focal Point: Fire Truck, Auburn Rubber, Circa 1940

Focal Point: Fire Truck, Auburn Rubber, Circa 1940

By Steve Butler At first glance this fire truck may seem rather ordinary even very common. Their white rubber tires make it a probable pre-WWII […]

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Focal Point: Moving Van • Metal Masters, circa 1947

Focal Point: Moving Van • Metal Masters, circa 1947

By Steve Butler At 17-6 inches in length, this is a very large toy truck. It is made of wood and Masonite. The top, bottom, […]

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A Centenarian

A Centenarian

By Steve Butler THIS TOY WAS being offered for sale by a general line antique dealer. While the seller did not definitively identify the maker, […]

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Focal Point: Dragnet Cap Gun, Knickerbocker, 1955

Focal Point: Dragnet Cap Gun, Knickerbocker, 1955

By Steve Butler The Focal Point in the October 2015 issue of Antique Toy World was the Dragnet Riot Gun (actually a plastic double barrel […]

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An Original Box

An Original Box

By Steve Butler THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY two attitudes concerning collector demand for an original box. Such a box depending upon condition can usually add a […]

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Premium Plastic

Premium Plastic

By Steve Butler THE TWO PLASTIC TOYS presented herein are definitely among the most difficult plastic toy vehicles to locate in top condition, that is […]

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Focal Point: Prop-Rod, Cox, 1955

Focal Point: Prop-Rod, Cox, 1955

By Steve Butler Cox sold a bunch of Prop-Rods, primarily for two reasons. First, the 11-9″ toy generated considerable customer appeal with it new and […]

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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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