Taylor's Old
Toy Trucks
Specializing in 1930's-60's Antique Pressed Steel Toy Trucks
This site is dedicated to the collection of old pressed steel toy trucks.  Here you will find relevant information for many of the significant manufacturers including  Wyandotte, Marx, Buddy L, Steelcraft, Metalcraft, Lincoln, Banner, Turner, & Structo.  I also try to keep a fresh supply of nice trucks for sale on my Toy Trucks For Sale Page <Click Here>AND I will pay top dollar for quality toy trucks, so if you have something for sale send pictures and asking price. I am particularly interested in finding any clean 1930's trucks, 1940's-50's Canadian-made trucks by Lincoln and Minnitoys, and rare and/or unusual old advertising toy trucks.  I also have LINKS to websites useful to collectors.  If some pictures fail to load please click the refresh button.  Thanks for stopping by and please visit often!
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Late 1930's to early 1940's Easter-style trucks. These very scarce colorful toys were originally filled with and/or sold with candy during Easter.  Most were ink-stamped with images of rabbits or chickens.  Top row are late 1930's era Marx.  Pictured at middle/middle is a 1935 Wyandotte stake truck with rare circus wheels.  To the left and right in the middle row are a Marx tanker and a Marx stake truck circa 1937-1941. The Marx stake truck shows an unusual lavender-colored bed.  Bottom row are Wyandottes ranging from 1937 to 1942.
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9 examples of 1940's-50's Canadian-made Lincoln trucks.  Lincoln toys were made in Canada from 1946-1959, and this classic style Lincoln was first produced around 1947-48.  TOP ROW L-R: Woodward's advertising trailer truck, Lincoln Coca Cola truck with 12 wood cases, and 1947 "Tow Truck."  MIDDLE ROW: 40's Lowney's Chocolate Bars advertising truck, Sanitation Truck, and a 16" "Tow Truck" from about 1958. BOTTOM ROW: Trans Canada Highway Express, Borden's Milk; and Ice Delivery trucks.  Some Lincoln toy trucks were actually made by Ellwood Toys. Ellwood also made automotive parts and later purchased Lincoln dies when Lincoln went out of business.
3 versions of the scarce Lincoln "Economy" toy truck, circa 1948-52.
3 examples of  Minnitoys toy trucks produced by Otaco Ltd in Ontario, Canada during the late 1940's and into the 1950's.  Minnitoys produced many wonderful advertising trucks. These toy trucks were often made using both French and English texts. 
1930's Metalcraft advertising trucks-   CW Coffee Wrecker,  Kroger Food Expresss;  rare Tag Soap & Werk's Tag Soap;  Sunshine Biscuits stake and van trucks;  Meadow Gold Butter &  Rold Gold Pretzels.  From 1931 to about 1938 the Metalcraft Corp of St Louis produced some of the most rare & sought after advertising toy trucks.
4 examples of 1930's Steelcraft advertising trucks.  Top Row (L-R): 1934 Rockwood's Gold Coin Chocolates truck with electric lights, & 1933 Southern Dairies milk truck.  Bottom Row (L-R): 1933 Steelcraft wrecker with electric lights, and 1934 City Delivery van in rare green color.
4 examples from Turner.  Clockwise from top left:  Scarce #40 Speed truck circa 1930; signature 1930's design  Bulldog Mack dump truck;  #585 Diamond T style Transport truck circa 1938 with rare original load of #90 Dump truck and #97 Stake truck; and 1938 Chevy-style wrecker with tool box.
4 early examples from Structo.  Clockwise from top left:  1928 Packard Police Patrol truck; 1928 Packard Screenside truck with electric lights; 1928 Packard U.S. Mail truck, & 1931 Wrecking Auto with spotlight.
Pictured above are 6 examples of Wyandotte Chevrolet-style trucks produced between 1937 and 1941. Top center are Dump Truck #342 & Stake Truck #343 first produced in 1937.  Note the litho wheels (very rare) which only appeared in the first year of production, as all later versions had wood wheels. The AAA tow truck (top right) is very scarce and was produced only in 1940, as the graphics were changed in 1941 from "AAA" to "W."   The 1937-39 City Delivery panel truck (top left) is normally found in red, & sometimes in green or yellow colors.  This one is an ultra-rare robin-egg blue easter-color.  Note the green pressed steel wheels! 
The Richmond Mfg Co. of Richmond, Michigan produced this wrecker and dump truck sometime in the late 1940's.  But did you know Richmond trucks are of the same design as cabover toy trucks produced by Ellwood Toys of Ontatio, Canada?  To further complicate things, some Ellwood toys were also sold with Lincoln and Anotherwood labels.  Ellwood also made automotive parts and later purchased Lincoln dies when Lincoln went out of business.  Richmond ceased operations in 1948.
6 examples of 1940's era Buddy L trucks:  Top Row L-R:  Alllied Van Lines rider; rare #4015 Wrecking Truck; and International series Ice Truck with original canvas bed cover.  Bottom Row L-R:  Super Market Delivery & Shell Oil trucks circa 1949, and rare 1940's International series Shell Fuel Oil truck .
Schieble Packard-style Service Truck, circa 1927.  Schieble made toys from about 1910 until they went out of business in 1931. Schieble's assets were purchased by the John C. Turner Co.
Examples of 1950's era Wyandotte trucks. TOP ROW L-R: The Sunshine Dairy Farms truck is typical of the "shark-nose" style cab which first appeared in 1949; & 1953-55 Painter's truck and Igloo Ice trucks.   BOTTOM ROW L-R: Rare 1955 Mainline Cartage Trailer Truck;  very scarce 1952 Motor Freight Lines truck with wood panels; and scarce 1955 Speedy Delivery truck with a Ford-style cab.  The Wyandotte Michigan plant closed in 1955 and moved to Piqua, Ohio.  Wyandotte later went out of business around 1957.
Marx toy trucks circa late 1930's to early 1940's.  TOP ROW L-R:  Deluxe Delivery Co box truck circa late 1930's is a rare early Type 1 truck with a Kingsbury style wind-up motor and was originally outfitted with electric lights, note the mint green cargo box;  Type 2 Deluxe Delivery and Cunningham's Drugstore trucks. Type 1 & 2 trucks are characterized by the separate hoop bumper.  SECOND ROW L-R: Type 4 Gravel Mixer, Baggage, & Lumar Coal Co trucks.  THIRD ROW L-R: Type 5 Block and Builders trucks with original cardboard inserts & accessories.  Type 5 trucks have an undivided windshield.  Also a very scarce 1936 windup Streamline Tank Truck.  BOTTOM ROW L-R:  Type 6 Meadow Brook Dairy Truck & Lumar Painters Truck with original cardboard bed inserts and accessories from about 1939, and a 6" Canopy Truck which is the only one I have ever seen in this size complete with the original canvas.  A 10" Type 5 Canopy Truck was also produced. 
Several examples of mid-1950's to early 1960's Marx advertising trucks. TOP ROW: Oklahoma Tire & Supply, Walgreen's Ice Cream, and Kentucky Derby Stables trailer trucks are among the rarest of that period.  SECOND ROW: Salerno Cookies & Crackers truck, Firestone service truck, and Marx Coca Cola truck.  THIRD ROW: Newberry's Stores trailer truck, Newberrry's box truck, and Tri City Freight truck.  BOTTOM ROW: Woolworth's Stores trailer truck, rare Fill-Up with Billups trailer truck, and rare Loblaw's Food Stores trailer truck.
The Banner Plastics Corp manufactured toys from 1944 until 1967. The company factory was originally located in New York City but moved to Paterson, NJ in 1950. They are best known for producing small plastic toys, but also made some wonderful pressed steel and tinplate trucks from the late 1940's to early 1960's.  Some are very scarce advertising pieces.  TOP ROW L-R are 3 examples of 1940s era Banners:  Scarce Kellogg's Express truck; a rare Whelan's Drug Stores truck; and a fairly rare Lumber Truck with original load.  Note that most of the 1940's trucks were made with single rear axles. Only very early examples had dual rear axles.  MIDDLE ROW L-R are 3 examples of 1950's era Banners:  Wonder Bread truck, rare Hi-Way Emergency Truck, and the Flying Eagle Express truck.  BOTTOM ROW: a late 40's Jewel Tea Divco which strongly resembles an Internationl Metro step van,  a rare Banner Kroger truck, and a 1960's Wonder Bread "Heavy Duty" delivery van.  This odd tin litho cabover truck looks like a White and was probably the last of the Banner line of metal trucks.  Of note, the Flying Eagle, Kroger box truck, and the two Wonder Bread trucks are among the most rare as I have only seen three or less examples of each ever.  A 1940's Buddy's TV Service is probably the rarest of all. 
2 examples of Grimland toy trucks, the "Toys That Last."   Not much is known about these 1940's era toys which were most likely given away to distraught children on moving day.  But did you know Grimland toys were produced variously in Marietta, Georgia & Jacksonville, Florida?  And did you these toy trucks bear a strong resemblance to a real truck manufactured by White in 1938?  The most commonly found examples of Grimlands are the orange/black schemed Allied and red/blue schemed Grey Van Lines trucks.  The gold Grey Van Lines above is the only one I have seen in this color, and I also have a silver Grimland salesman's promo.  Also did you know that the "Al" Naish trucks are very rare originals? Al Naish has been in business since about 1927, and I have seen 4 of these toys.  However I suspect ole Al made them instead of the Grimland factory.
1929 Sturditoy Regulation Dump Truck
Did you know Wyandotte made some private label advertising trucks which are very rare to find?  The Chun King Express, Wilderness Pie Fillings, and Coffman Ornamental Iron trucks are among several rare and original factory-produced speciality advertising trucks circa 1952-1954.  I have a photograph of a 1952 food industry trade show showing a display of Wyandotte Chun King trucks.  During the early 1950's Chun King owned Northland Foods which produced Wilderness Pie Fillings.  As a promotion, the Chun King & Wilderness trucks were sent to grocery store managers loaded with sample products.  There were at least 2 others: a Coca Cola truck and a CCC truck lines.
Extremely rare original 1950's Structo "Rheem Fibre Drums" advertising truck with original fibre drum banks.  Known for water heaters & furnaces, Rheem began operation in 1927 as a supplier of packaging to the petroleum industry.  The toy apparently was exclusive to Rheem employees and originated from a former Rheem district manager.  This is the only one of these I have ever seen in any condition.
The All Metal Products Company of Wyandotte, MI, otherwise known as Wyandotte Toys, manufactured a variety of toys from 1921 until approximately 1957.  Pictured above are trucks produced between 1932 and 1936.  Top left is a 1932 Auto Hauler.  The 1936 Circus truck (top right) is undoubtedly the most valuable and most sought after of all Wyandotte trucks.  A Chevy-style version of the Circus truck appeared in 1938 which is exceptionally rare and even more valuable than the '36 model.
Rare early 1960's era Lucky Green Stamps trailer truck made in Canada by Husky. This is the only one I have ever seen.
At one time the Marx toy empire stretched across the world.  Did you know 1930's era Boomaroo trucks made in Australia (Pictured Left) are nearly identicle to 1930's Marx Studebakers (Pictured Right)?  I suspect Boomaroo was actually Australian Marx.  They are the exact same length/dimensions and have identicle cabs and fenders. The Boomaroo tin grill is nearly identicle to the Marx except it is slightly larger & has a very slight difference in design on the radiator face. The Boomaroo truck also has "pinched" instead of peened axle ends & has a type of pressed metal wheel not found on any Marx toy.  The Marx equivalent has wood wheels.
3 more examples of 1930's Structos (L-R)  rare 1933 Structo Lumber truck with original load; very rare 1938 Structo #300 Trailer truck; & 1938 Structo Wrecker truck.
1941 Wyandotte Toytown Delivery Truck.  This 21" litho toy appeared in 3 other versions: Station Wagon, Estate Station Wagon, & Grocery Wagon.
Marx Lazy Days Farms stake truck, circa 1959-61.  This design was about the last of the nice Marx steel trucks.
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Scarce Merri-Toy wrecker from the late 1940's or early 1950's.
RARE 1940's Turner wrecker produced in the waning years of the company's existence. The truck probably has the wrong boom and is the only one I have ever seen.  Not listed in the Myers Turner guide.
The first Dunwells were made in 1954 or '55 by Dunwell Metal Products Co. in Clifton NJ, and sometime later by the Fame Metal Products Co in Newark, NJ.   It is believed the 1953-58 Dunwell Kroger truck pictured above was only available to store manageres.  Dunwell produced several other advertising trucks including the Snowcrop Frozen Foods and Land-O-Lakes trucks.   But did you know that in 1959 Ohio Art began selling Dunwells under the trade name Buckeye?  There are slight differences between the two, with the most noticable distinction being the use of single instead of dual rear axles.  Pictured above is the Buckeye Red Star Express Lines truck.
If the Boomaroo story above isn't enough, here's more evidence that Marx truly was the World Pooh-Bah of toy makers.  The 2 trucks pictured above originated from England, but did you know they were made by Marx?  The 1930's "Lorry" pictured on the left is a classic early Type 1 Marx design, and has the same wheels and trailer found on some Girards.  Marx took over Girard in 1934. The Lumar Construction Co truck on the right is marked with the classic Marx logo and states it was made in Great Britain.  "Lumar" (derived from Louis Marx) was also a Marx trade name. 
Wyandotte went out of business in 1957.  But did you know Marx purchased toys and parts from Wyandotte to resell?  This Wyandotte #128 wrecker was one of the last Wyandotte toys and bears an original sample hang-tag of the "Charmore Co, FOB, Glendale, W. Va."  Charmore (Louis Marx's sister-in-law was Charlene) was an Erie, PA subsidiary of Marx that made pens, makeup, and some oddball toy items.  This toy originated from an early 1970's liquidation of toys from the Marx factory in Glendale, West Virginia.  I have also had two "hybrid" versions of this same style Wyandotte toy.  They were lithographed orange dump trucks with the same Wyandotte cab but with the Marx logo. 
Did you know there are Canadian Marx toy trucks?  Here are 2 examples of likely 1950's toys, both of which originated in Canada.  The black steel wheels on the stake truck are the same ones found on several Marx trucks including the 1940's Package Service Pickup truck that I regrettably sold a few years ago.  The Toy Town Express truck is a definite Marx design, and so are the litho wheels. 
WANTED! Top dollar paid for this ultra rare Banner Buddy's TV Service truck from the 1940's.  This is the only one I have ever seen.
Ultra Rare Turner Toy Town Garage set with #90 Dump truck and #97 Stake truck.  Circa 1939/40, the set was acquired from an estate in Canada.  Turner made several garage sets, but this one is not listed in either the Myers Turner guide nor the Freed guide. Trucks are an exact fit inside the cardboard garage. Currently it may be the only one still in existence.
Ultra rare Marx Supertest gasoline truck.  Currently only 1 of 2 known to exist. Supertest is a defunct chain of Canadian gasoline stations. The graphics on this Studebaker-style truck appear to have been privately produced and likely was not a factory piece. 
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