By Steve Butler

ICTURED IS AN original factory photograph of a Smith-Miller model number 415 Jr. Fire Truck also called a “Smith-Miller Junior” or simply a “Junior” in this narrative. The photograph was extracted from Smith-Miller company files in 1981. Also pictured is the front of a two-sided full-color Smith-Miller flyer probably printed in 1955 in prepa-ration for marketing in 1956. In addition to identify-ing the truck, the description appearing in small print reads as follows:

Action plus Smith-Miller quality plus popular price combine to make a leader for every buyer, for every boy. Smooth-working gear mechanism raises ladders. Full rotating turret. When battery is installed, red warning light flashes on and off as wheels turn! Length 15″. Weight 2 ½ pounds. Individually packed. $8.95.

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Focal Point: Tootsietoy circa 1958