Tag: Steve Butler

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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Skill Cards

Skill Cards

By Steve Butler FOUND RESTING ON the front table at a recent antique show was this small pinball game. It was being offered at what […]

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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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The Northrop Delta

The Northrop Delta

By Steve Butler THE NORTHROP CORPORATION was founded in 1930 by Jack Northrop together with the Douglas Aircraft Company. The first planes produced were a […]

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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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Identity Issues

Identity Issues

By Steve Butler DURING THE 1950s Japanese makers issued numerous tin toy autos of generic design. Many were packaged in boxes with labels having graphics […]

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Peddling Ice Cream

Peddling Ice Cream

By Steve Butler THE RAIN HAD PASSED but it was still a lousy morning. It was windy and way too cold for a Pennsylvania day […]

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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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