Tag: Steve Butler

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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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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