By Steve Butler
SOMETIMES DIVERSIONS FROM the normally collected examples can add interest to the collection especially when displayed along with the corresponding normal examples. One such a diversion would be unfinished toys. This does not mean toys that were issued finished as expected but with the finish and other parts subsequently removed. Instead, it means toys that somehow left the factory unfinished. Examples of unfinished Tootsietoys are the subjects of this narrative.
The first three Tootsietoys are Federal vans. Two of them are private label issues. All three do not have “TOOTSIETOY” underneath indicating a probable production prior to 1928. So, how can one be sure that these Federal vans are not normal production issues with wheels and axles removed and paint stripped off?