Category: Steve Butler

Focal Point: Racer, Tootsietoy, circa 1944

Focal Point: Racer, Tootsietoy, circa 1944

By Steve Butler The pictured racer appeared in the April 1974 issue of Antique Toy World in an article by Clint B. Seely. A number […]

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The Fabulous HUDSON HORNET

The Fabulous HUDSON HORNET

By Steve Butler “THE FABULOUS HUDSON HORNET” generally refers to one of three race cars. Two were driven by Marshall Teague and Herb Thomas in […]

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Focal Point: Ajax Series 200 • Birchcraft – 1925

Focal Point: Ajax Series 200 • Birchcraft – 1925

By Steve Butler In the 1920’s Birchcraft Toys and Novelties of Waukesha, WI was producing wooden promotional vehicles made of 1/4″ plywood. The bodies were […]

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Standout Studebaker

Standout Studebaker

By Steve Butler THE ORIGIN OF the “promotional” or “promo” vehicle as produced and collected for many decades dates back to 1934 when National Products […]

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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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