BY STEVE BUTLER
CENTERED ON MY antique poker table, furniture occasionally used for income augmentation, is a truck construction set by Irwin carefully protected under a Lucite cover. There it sits in plain view as I pass by at least a half dozen times per day. When I was searching for subject matter for an article a couple issues ago, I found that I’d not written an article about a Courtland truck construction set and that I’d overlooked an Irwin truck construction set as well. Actually, that’s not exactly 100% correct.
The August 2000 issue of Antique Toy World contained my article about two die cast white metal Irwin semis, trucks made from this construction set. However, at that time I had no idea that the two semis originated from a construction set. This fact I didn’t find out until I learned of and acquired (a story in itself) in November 2005 the set featured herein. Why it’s taken another 6 or so years for this followup article I cannot explain.
The set is numbered 1411 and packaged by Irwin in an unwieldy and fragile 19.5″ × 21.75″ box. The company assigned no name to the set but referred to the trucks to be made as a “TRAILER VAN” and a “LOGGING TRUCK.” Secured to the box liner are eighty-four parts not counting four die cast tools, a hammer, shovel, wrench and screw driver. These tools are not intended to be used for truck assembly but rather are accessory items only having no intended storage location on either of the semis. Also included was black on white assembly instruction sheet with nice graphics.