I had just written about these early "cars" called runabouts in a recent post (April 20, 2014).
So when I was browsing through Opamerica's ebay store, I found this beautiful Ives toy.
What I like about cast iron toys is their feel - heavy, cold, and form. What I also like is that these toys were produced by hand! Cast by hand, assembled by hand, and painted by hand.
I never tire of looking at toy photos, especially the cast iron toys.
What I always like is the fact that the companies of the late 19th and early 20th century all seemed to be able to manufacture similar toys and stay in business. Each company might have subtle nuances that would have people buy a particular brand over another.