Tag: Focal Point

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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Focal Point: Lite-Mobile, Cruver, circa 1948

Focal Point: Lite-Mobile, Cruver, circa 1948

By Steve Butler Cruver Manufacturing of Chicago is best known for its production of a 1/25th scale promotional version of the 1949 Oldsmobile. It is […]

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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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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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Focal Point: Racer #61 • Renwal – 1947

Focal Point: Racer #61 • Renwal – 1947

By Steve Butler Pictured is an example of Renwal’s model number 61 plastic racer that was issued in this configuration from 1947 through 1951. “61” […]

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Focal Point: Studebaker Police Car by Marusan, Circa 1953

Focal Point: Studebaker Police Car by Marusan, Circa 1953

By Steve Butler Studebaker toys abound, but police car versions are very uncommon with this being the only Japanese tin example encountered by this writer. […]

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