Monday, February 19, 2018

So That's What it Looked Like New!

Monday, February 19, 2018
Overcast with rain
6 C  42.8 F

So That's What 
it Looked Like!

I decided to visit Mr. Ron Michaud at his ebay store. He's one of the people who have helped me out over the years of my blog. Hie always has nice old toys, and in summer, you can tell their his toys from the way he photographs the, He uses his front porch railing to place his toys against his nicely-maintained front garden and lawn.

In winter, I assume, he photographs his toys indoors like the one below. As usual, I whitened the surrounding of the toy to focus more in it. Nevertheless, his photos on a neutral foundation and background are very good. As well, he always presents a lot of photos for each toy that he is selling.

I saw the restored to below, and decided to present it by itself. Ron also happens to have several more restored toys. Even though the toy has been restored, Ron has set a high price for the toy. 
I personally like the restored look, because I try and imagine how a 1930's child might have received this fine toy way back then. Even then , whatever the cost of the toy, it was expensive to buy then,  especially with the Great Depression going on in the world (1929-1941).

Whomever did the restoration did an excellent job, and the toy presents itself very well.
If you visit his ebay store, you'll be able to see other well-done restorations.

Vintage Keystone Packard Sprinkler Tank Truck
Pressed steel with brass radiator cap and rear sprinkler
Circa 1930's
Length: 25"  63.5 cm

So that's it for today's rainy day. 
Of course there is a bright side to today - it's warm and it's not snowing!

Thanks for dropping by,
And have a great day or evening.

Stacey Bindman

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Rarer Hoge Fire Chief Car

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Sunny with clouds
+2 C  35.6 F

A Rarer Hoge Fire Chief Car

Wouldn't you know? Last week I posted about my 500,000th page-view milestone. I  invited people to write to me, so that I could create some new and exciting posts. Last evening, I received an  unexpected e-mail from Mr. Tom Wai-Shek. Tom happens to have
 a rare green Hoge Fire Chief Car.

If you go to Wikipedia, you can read all about this American toy company. The Hoge company is no longer in business, but produced several very nice toys during its' time.

Tom has a rare Green Hoge Firer Chief Car, when almost all of them that I have seen were in fact the "typical" fire red colour. Tom asked if I could help him about information about the green car. Initially, I only found the red versions, but at the last minute, I ventured over to Liveauctioneers, and found a green version.  The average price of the red version ranges from $ 200.00- 350.00.
However, the green car that I found only sold for $ 200.00. The range of the red version was 
$ 120.00 - $ 800.00., depending of course on the condition, 
and whether the original box came with the toy.

That "baffled" me, I would have thought that the green rarer version would have sold for more. 
Tom said that he felt that his very rare green car in the very-good /excellent condition should sell for between $ 600.00 - $ 700.00 US dollars. 
However, he isn't selling it, which is a very smart strategy!

Length:  14"  355 mm

Different features of the Red Hoge car

1. Has a spare tire
2. Has a different  logo than the green version
3. Has pressed impressions for the side engine vents
4. Has a wind-up key mechanism for movement
5. Has a different  front bumper
6. Has a more-complex wind-up mechanism with a siren
7. Has treaded rubber tires
8. Is all red
9. Uses 2 size D batteries for electric lights

Different features of the Green Hoge car

1. Has no spare tire
2. Has a different logo than the red version
3. Has lithographed (painted) engine air vents
4. No wind-up key. Works by friction.
5.  Has a different front bumper
6. Has a simple mechanism for movement with a siren
7. Has smooth rubber tires
8. Is 2-toned green in colour
9. Has a very large rear bumper area with vertical perforations
10. Uses1 single size D battery for electric lights

I was thinking that perhaps Tom's car was the first edition for the Hoge fire chief car.
I say this because perhaps the green version was not popular enough because of the colour, and should have been red. 

On the other hand, perhaps the Red version was first. My reason being that it was a far more elaborate model, especially with the 2-battery operation, and the more complex motor. This
would have cost more to produce, and maybe, the company needed to save costs on the toy.

Then again, I'm just guessing, and it's a case of the old expression - 
"which came first, the chicken or the egg?".

In any event, Tom has a fine and rare example of the green version, and I agree with him that he should not sell his version, because of the superb condition of the toy, as well as the rarity!

The Ives Toy Company

Saturday, February 18, 2018
Sunny with cloudy periods
-3 C  26.6 F

The Ives Toy Company

The Ives Manufacturing Company (American) was a toy manufacturer from 1868-1932.
It was the largest manufacturer of toy trains in the United States from 1910-1924, whereupon the Lionel Corporation overtook it in sales. Initially, the company produced clockwork toys (wind-ups),
and by the 1880's was a leading manufacturer of these type of toys. However, there were many "copycat" manufacturers who reproduced their types of toys far less expensively. As a consequence, the company decided to focus on toy trains.The initial toy trains did not run on tracks. A fire in 1900 destroyed the entire factory and all of the patterns, parts and tools were destroyed. Upon the rebuilding of a new factory, the company decided to produce toy trains that ran on tracks. The Ives company was the first "O" gauge trains in the United States to run on fabricated sectional tracks that could be attached to each other in a circle or other patterns.*

Courtesy of Wikipedia*

Ives Locomotive, Tender and Queens Coach
Locomotive and tender length:  12" 305 mm

Ives #2 Locomotive and Brooklyn/Buffalo Passenger Cars
Locomotive and Tender Length: 9 1/2"  241 mm

Ives Electric Suburban Trolley
Length:  7 1/2"  191 mm

Ives No. 25 Locomotive and Cattle Car
O gauge locomotive & tender
Length:  14"  355 mm

Early Clockwork Ives Floor Locomotive
Length:  7"  178 mm

Early Ives 4-4-0 Locomotive Floor Train
Elephant Cage loco & tender
14"  355 mm

Ives Steam Freight Set
Circa 1913
64 Union box car, 67 caboose, 63 gondola, 66 tank
Length: 7"  178 mm

Ives Harvard/Yale Passenger Set with #17 Locomotive
Locomotive and Tender Length:  10 1/2"  266 mm

Lot of three Ives Tank Cars
Three Variations of the Ives 66 Standard Oil tank car.
Length:  5 1/2"

Boxed Ives ) Gauge # 3258 Locomotive Set
Locomotive length:  7"  178 mm

Friday, February 16, 2018

1930's Kingsbury Cars

Friday, February 16, 2018
Overcast with rain
+5 C  41 F

1930's Kingsbury Cars

Ken McGee is a highly successful car dealer in Ontario, Canada. 
He also happens to sell toys. However, he one of the items that he specializes in selling, are 
old car manuals. If you had a 1956 Buick, he probably has the instruction manual or could find you one!

In the beginning, the company started out as the  Kingsbury,Wilkins Toy Company in Keene, New Hampshire, USA in 1890. The company produced tin novelties in the 1890's, and later made automotive toys. The name of the company was changed to the Kingsbury Manufacturing Company in 1919.  It manufactured toy pressed-steel cars. Each toy was equipped with a front-end crank for winding the toy's flat spring motor. The 1927 line of cars were Deluxe Custom Built Cars. 

 In 1930, the toy cars had a rear-winding mechanism with battery-operated lights. The company continued making toys until the beginning of WWII. After the war, the tooling (dies) were sold the Keystone Manufacturing Company of Boston, Massachusetts (USA).*

I've written about this company and its' toys before. If you click on the web 
address below you will be connected to an older blog post.

1930's Kingsbury Wind Up Roadster
Pressed steel toy wind-up with
battery-operated lights.
Front wheels are steerable
 L x W x H:  12 1/2" x 5" x 4 3/4"   317 mm x 128 mm x 121 mm

1930's Kingsbury Wind-up Brougham Sedan 245 
Wind-up mechanism with battery-operated lights
L x W x H:  12 1/2" x 5" x 5"   317mm  x 128 mm x 128 mm

 1934 Kingsbury Chrysler Airflow Pressed Steel
Win-up mechanism with battery-operated lights
Rubber tires with Kingsbury name on side walls
L x W x H:  14" x  5 1/2" x 4 3/4"   355mm x 140 mm x 121 mm 

1930's Kingsbury Brougham Coupe 344
Pressed steel with wind-up mechanism
Rumble seat opens and closes, front wheels are steerable
L x W x H :   13" x 5" x 4 3/4"   330 mm x 127 mm x 121 mm

Thanks for visiting,
And have a great day.

Stacey Bindman

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Retro 1-2-3

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Cloud with snow and rain
4 C  39.2 F

Retro 1-2-3

I accidentally found the Retro 1 2 3 company while I was looking for something else. I haven't been able to find much information on the company, but it was a modern-era company producing 1:8 scale models of different old trucks,cars, and busses. These models are not toys, but are for people who collect scale models. The Retro 1 2 3 company made limited edition models for the public, usually in 100 or 125 units. The models were solid metal, with hinged doors that would open, and actual steering of the front wheels. The models were made in China.

If you have information, or find more information about the company, please send me the information, so that I can add it to this blog post.

Retro 1 2 3
Scale Model Cement Mixer Truck
 (H x L x W) 12 1/2" x 24" x 9"  31.8 x 61.0 x 22.9 cm
Steel and Brass
Scale model 1:8

Two 'C-Cab" Scale model trucks by Retro 1 2 3 
10 3/4" x 24" x 9 1/4"  27.3 x 61.0 x 23.5 cm
Steel and Brass
Scale model 1:8

Glacial Park 'Red Jammer' Bus by Retro 1 2 3 
9" x 28 1/2" x 8"    22.9 x 72.4 x 20.3 cm
Steel  and Brass
Scale Model 1:8

Scale Model Pickwick Nite Coach by Retro 1 2 3
Length:  32 1/2"  82.6 cm
Steel Construction
Scale Model 1:8

Scale Model Allied Moving Truck by Retro 1 2 3 
11" x 28" x 8"  27.9 x 71.7 x 20.3 cm
Steel and Brass
Scale model 1:8
 Scale Model Commercial Vehicle Ambulance by Retro 1 2 3 
8 3/4" x 25" x 8"  22.2 x 63.5 x 20.3 cm
Steel and Brass
Scale model 1:8

Scale Model Commercial Vehicle Police Wagon by Retro 1 2 3 
8 3/4" x 25" x 8"  22.2 x 63.5 x 20.3 cm
Weight:  15 pounds   6.66 kilograms  
Steel and Brass
Scale model 1:8

Monday, February 12, 2018

The J. & E. Stevens Company (Mechanical Banks)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sunny with clouds
-7 C  19.4 F

The J. & E. Stevens Company
(Mechanical Banks)

John and Elisha Stevens  created their company in Cromwell, Connecticut (USA) in 1843. 
Like most cast iron companies of the time, the company cast-iron hardware such as hinges and locks, hammers and some cast iron toys.  The cast iron toys became so successful,that the company
decided to manufacture toys and mechanical banks. Eventually the J. & E. Stevens Company became the largest manufacturer of cast-iron toys in the U.S.A. *

* Courtesy of

J. & E. Stevens Germania Exchange Cast Iron and Lead
Mechanical Bank
Circa 1880's
Place a coin on the goat's tail. Turn the faucet and the goat deposits
the coin in the bank and presents the depositor a glass of beer.
Height x Width:  7 3/4" x 5 3/4"  (198 mm x 145 mm)

J. & E. Stevens Boy Robbing Bird's Nest
Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Raise the tree limb and place a coin in the slot.
Press the lever and as the limb falls, the coin disappears
Width x Height:  6" x 8"  152 mm x 203 mm

J. & E. Stevens Lion Hunter
Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Ptented 1911
Cock the rifle, and place a coin in position.
Press the lever and the hunter shoots the coin at the lion
as the lion rears up and the coin deflects into the bank.
Height x Length:  7 3/4" x 10 1/2"  197 mm x 267 mm

J. & E. Stevens Cat & Mouse
cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Patented 1891
Place a coin in front of the  mouse and press the lever.
The coin falls into the bank as the cat appears to hold the mouse.
Width x Height:  5 1/2" x 8 1/2"   140 mm x 215 mm

J & E. Stevens Novelty 
Mechanical Bank
Open the door and place a coin on the tray of the teller.
Release and close the door to deposit the coin.

J. &  E. Stevens Boy Scout Camp
Cast Iron Mechanical Bank
Circa: 1917
Insert a coin at the top of the tent.
Press the lever, and the Scout raises the flag as the coin drops in the bank.
Height x Length:  153 mm x 242 mm

Many of these banks often do not have the lock or the metal trap
 to open the hole, at the bottom of the base of the bank.
This bank has one.

J. & E. Stevens  Eagle & Eaglets
Cast Iron Mechanical Bank with Original Wood Box
Circa 1883
Place a coin in the mother eagle's beak and press the lever.
The mother eagle leans forward as the eaglets rise from the nest crying for food.
Length x Height:   6 1/2" x 8"  165 mm x 203 mm

This bank has the original wood box that the bank came in.
Many mechanical banks that are found do not have their original boxes.

You might want to visit Dan Morphy on Liveauctioneers, because there are 
a  lot more mechanical banks that were sold in this particular auction.

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great day or evening.

Stacey Bindman