Tag: Focal Point

Focal Point: GMC School Bus, Ertl circa 1952

Focal Point: GMC School Bus, Ertl circa 1952

By Steve Butler On occasion toy manufactures have been known to attempt to extend the use of existing tooling from previously successful selling items. This […]

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Focal Point: Wyandotte Wrecker, 1940

Focal Point: Wyandotte Wrecker, 1940

by Steve Butler Some toys are quite common in respect to the number and frequency that they are encountered. Many such toys, however, are quite […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Focal Point: David Moving Van, Strombecker, 1933

Focal Point: David Moving Van, Strombecker, 1933

By Steve Butler The box for this toy truck is made of tan cardboard with taped , nonoverlapping corners – a manner in which boxes […]

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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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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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