Work In Process
By Steve Butler
IN 1924 TOOTSIETOY (then Dowst Manufacturing Company) introduced its line of 3-inch delivery vans. Generally referred to as Federal vans, each would have rear side panels containing BAKERY, FLORIST, GROCERY, LAUNDRY, MARKET or MILK. The die(s) for these trucks had interchangeable inserts that provided the means for different signage/different vans. Thereby, the production of the elusive U.S. MAIL issue and the variety of private label issues was possible. With very few exceptions, all of these vehicles were painted in solid colors including the signage and rode on “disteel” (i.e. zinc) wheels.