Category: Steve Butler

Plymouth & Wyandotte?

Plymouth & Wyandotte?

By Steve Butler WHEN MARX DEVELOPED a new design, the company tended to get the most use of it generally over many years. The pickup […]

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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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A Very Special Set

A Very Special Set

By Steve Butler MANY DECADES AGO toy manufacturers introduced “boxed sets” which were often also called “gift sets.” It was a great means to assemble […]

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Focal Point: Ford Panel Truck, Marx, circa 1952

Focal Point: Ford Panel Truck, Marx, circa 1952

By Steve Butler Having owned the real thing, there is no doubt that the toy panel truck is a rendition of a 1/2 ton 1951-52 […]

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Atypical Twosome

Atypical Twosome

By Steve Butler THERE SEEMS TO BE an endless supply of cast iron toy vehicles in average condition. However, cast iron toy vehicles in better […]

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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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A ’57 by TT

A ’57 by TT

By Steve Butler This article starts with a short quiz, and all answers are best guesses. Question 1 – How many different Japanese made tin […]

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Revell ’53 Fords

Revell ’53 Fords

by Steve Butler FOR 1953 Ford changed the design of its line of trucks. Revell, a maker of plastic toys located in Venice, California soon […]

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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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A Centenarian

A Centenarian

By Steve Butler THIS TOY WAS being offered for sale by a general line antique dealer. While the seller did not definitively identify the maker, […]

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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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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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