Category: Tootsietoy

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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Buick XP-300

Buick XP-300

By Steve Butler BUICK BUILT THEIR concept/experimental XP-300 for 1951. The car was very unusual in many ways. It had a supercharged V/8 rated at […]

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A Great Visit in West Virginia: The Paul Cole Collection

A Great Visit in West Virginia: The Paul Cole Collection

By Roland Digilio On Monday, November 23rd, Paul and Carol Cole opened their home for a visit of toy and train collectors. On the Sunday […]

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Focal Point: Race Team Set • Tootsietoy – 1956

Focal Point: Race Team Set • Tootsietoy – 1956

By Steve Butler This set appears in Tootsietoy factory catalogs for both 1964 and 1965 as their “No. 4260 TOOTSIETOY RACE TEAM SET.” The set […]

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Focal Point: No. 1017 Coupe, Tootsietoy, 1942

Focal Point: No. 1017 Coupe, Tootsietoy, 1942

By Steve Butler Determining the year a specific toy was produced is often difficult. Determining where it was sold as well is often impossible. It […]

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No. 411 x 3

No. 411 x 3

BY STEVE BUTLER FACTORY CATALOGS should be the most reliable source of toy information and most are. In that regard Tootsietoy with annual issues for […]

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Thomas' Toys

Thomas’ Toys

BY STEVE BUTLER THE PICTURED TABLE top of toys is not a collection and never was. These are toys that belonged to Thomas during his […]

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Focal Point: Dean Van Line Moving Van Tootsietoy Circa 1958

Focal Point: Dean Van Line Moving Van Tootsietoy Circa 1958

BY STEVE BUTLER A “private label” toy vehicle is generally considered to be one produced specifically for the sole distribution of the business represented thereon […]

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Focal Point: Tootsietoy No. 2969 Army Transport (1965)

Focal Point: Tootsietoy No. 2969 Army Transport (1965)

BY STEVE BUTLER This 9-inch die cast Army vehicle appears in Tootsietoy’s 1965 factory catalog as a set consisting of three oversized plastic soldiers in […]

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REO Sinclair Tanker Tootsietoy circa 1947

Focal Point: REO Sinclair Tanker Tootsietoy circa 1947

BY STEVE BUTLER Tootsietoy introduced this 5.8-inch tanker in 1937. The last were issued about 10 years thereafter. Throughout their production, which was interrupted during […]

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Tootsietoy Store Name Federal Vans

Tootsietoy Store Name Federal Vans

BY CARL NATTER IN 1924 A SET OF SIX “Federal” vans was introduced in the 1924 Tootsietoy catalog. They continued through the 1933 catalog where […]

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Jewelry Box

Jewelry Box

BY STEVE BUTLER TOOTSIETOY’S #5220 Army Set appeared in their 1939, 1940 and 1941 factory catalogs. Production of the 20-piece set was discontinued thereafter, likely […]

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Squeezings

Squeezings

BY STEVE BUTLER RECENTLY I MET VIA email and telephone a gentleman named Greg who was formerly employed at Tootsietoy. Much of our earliest exchanges […]

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The Role of Tootsietoy in World War II

BY CARL NATTER THIS INFORMATION WAS gleaned from Top Secret Files only recently unsealed by the Department of Defense. During the tension filled days prior […]

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Promotional Adaptations by Steve Butler

Promotional Adaptations

BY STEVE BUTLER Confusing, then explaining the issue seems the best way to describe what is meant by a “promotional adaptation.” This will take a […]

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