Thursday, September 9, 2021

A Question About the Authenticity of the Label

 Thursday, September 9, 2021

Sunny with Cloud

20 C (68 F)


A Question About the Authenticity of a Label

  Earlier in the week, I received  an interesting letter from Mr. Steve Insler. He has a very nice ,small-sized Arcade, cast iron 1930's 2-door sedan. However, he wasn't interested in the toy car, as much as his having wanted to know if the label on the roof-top was authentic. The label is from the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. The theme title of the fair was "Hall of Science".






I don't know anything at all about collectible labels or decals. So, if there is someone out there on the Net, who knows anything about the 1934 Chicago World's Fair, and perhaps even has a souvenir inherited from his parents or grandparents, would you be so kind as to write to me. Please send some photos as well.

Thanks for visiting my blog,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
toysearcher@gmail.com



Saturday, July 31, 2021

 July 29, 2021                                                                                                                     Overcast with rain forecast                                                                                                             21 C   70 F


                       A Reader asks about                        

Her Hiller Tether Car

   I recently received an e-mail from Sharon Spencer inquiring about a toy car she has in her possession. Sharon describes it as a 1940's or earlier Hiller Tether Car, but she is not sure, as there is no engine inside this toy. She asked me to investigate the car to find out information about it, and to see if in fact it is a Hiller original. however I couldn't find anything about it. What's interesting is that this fire engine has the sticker with the name "Hiller" on the front of the fire engine.

    

Below are the dimensions of this toy

Underside, tip of nose to tip of "tail" is 8 3/4"
Outside edge of front fender to opposite front fender is 3 3/8"
Outside edge of back fenders to opposite back fender is 3 3/8"

Narrowest point of "waist" (center of body) is 2 1/2" wide

Highest point of metal body (not including exposed part of wheel) is 2"
(or so...have to "eyeball" it. Including wheel, height is about 2 3/8".
Wheel itself is 1 1/8" tall.

Top of rear tail is pretty much in line with top of front roof.

Rear fender is 1" high







   Sharon also mention that the inside of the toy does not show anything inside, especially a motor. Tethered toy cars were much larger than this fire engine, and also had small engines built into them. 
    For those who don't know, a tethered motorized toy car was attached to a long line. The "driver" of the toy would start the engine, and then have the car spin around and around. Some of the speeds that were recorded were up to 200 miles per hour! Also, Stanley Hiller  Jr. was a very entrepreneurial  teenager who made and sold tethered cars and made great money by the age of 17 in the early 1940's.! As he got older he started to produce helicopters.  His biography on helicopters can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiller_Aircraft

So, if there is anyone out there who can identify this toy, please write to me at
toysearcher@gmail.com
I'll then forward the information to Sharon.


Thanks, as always for dropping by, and have a great day wherever you may be.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

A Reader Wants to Sell A Lincoln (Canada) Steamshovel

 Thursday, July 8, 2021

 Overcast and raining

 68 F (64 C)


Asking for a Price Estimate

And is Anyone Interested?

    Recently, I received a few questions about an old Lincoln steamshovel. Victor Olson wanted to know if anyone would be interested in buying this you, and what was the value of it.

The history of the Lincoln Toy Company is interesting:

"Lincoln Toys of Windsor, Ontario, made and distributed a large line of pressed steel toy trucks, tractors and even a TCA airplane. For many Canadians born after World War II, the wide range of pressed steel toy trucks known as Lincoln Toys were an important part of childhood. Lincoln Toys produced some of the best known and most commonly seen Canadian toys. Most examples show the obvious signs of children’s play, but one can occasionally find a Lincoln Toy still in its original box, in mint condition.

Lincoln Specialties, also based in Windsor, Ontario, was the distributor for the large line of pressed steel toys between 1946 and 1958. Windsor Steel and Ellwood Toys of Tilbury, Ontario are the two companies which originally produced the Lincoln Toys. Windsor Steel and Ellwood Toys went out of business in the late 1950s."*

https://www.historymuseum.ca/canadaplay/manufacturers/lincoln-toys.php

   Below are 3 photo of the toy:





        Victoria Olson's e-mail address is: vjolson17@gmail.com

Also, I have to add a disclaimer, as I have never offered anyone space on my blog to offer a toy for sale:

Disclaimer:

I have no connection with the seller, nor am I making any money or getting anything in return for my offering her to add her toy here for sale.

 So that's it for today as far as a toy post goes. I hope all is well with everyone, and that you've received your 2 vaccinations for COVID-19. I've received my 2 vaccines and I feel safer (but who knows). Canada and the provinces (equivalent to states in the USA) are relaxing the rules, and opening movies to the public gatherings in churches, mosques, and synagogues up to so many people. Restaurants are opening, but I think only for so many people. 

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great day.

Stacey Bindman



Friday, May 7, 2021

 Friday, May 7, 2020 

Sunny with clear skies

     16 C  61 F                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


                   I Get A Little Help (Again) From My Friend                                  

       I hadn't heard from my Chicago friend (Mr. Christopher Ferrone) for a while. About 3 weeks ago, I received an e-mail. I don't know where Chris finds the time to restore his marvelous old toys, but he manages to always surprise me. Chris is a successful businessman in Chicago, but his passion is in restoring toys, and he does this fantastically. Hopefully, all of us will see the day that COVID-19 comes under control, and We can all get back to our normal routines.



                          A Buddy "L" Burlington Zephyr Train Pressed Steel Circa                                  1935-1936






As always, Christopher always amazes me, and I never tire of his wonderful restorations.
Soon, I hope we all will get back to our normal routines, and will travel. Some of us by jet, by bus, by car, and of course by train.

Trains are not as popular as they were in the 1900's-1960's, but they still are a way of travel for those who appreciate the scenery, and traveling in a relaxed and  tranquil manner.


        Take care everyone,  and have a great day, 
  wherever you may be. 


(Mr.) Stacey Bindman
(toysearcher@gmail.com)
                                                                                                                        







Friday, March 26, 2021

 Friday March 26, 2021                                                                                               Raining and Overcast                                                                                                       8 C  46 F                                                                                                                         

A Rhode Island Toy Hunter 

asks me who made his toy


          I recently received an e-mail with 2 photos attached. They are of a plane, but many parts are missing. Michael Wainberg wrote me to find out if I knew who made this toy and when. However, I have no clue. Mark lives in Rhode Island and In his spare time likes to look around for toys.  He prefers modern-era toys and especially likes Pokemon, Heman, GI  Joe, Scooby Doo, Mickey Mouse and other action figures.  He likes to visit  thrift shops which is interesting. If you read my first-ever post,  you'll find out how I started to buy and sell toys, as well as writing this blog.

           I've attached  3 photos so that you, my readers could possibly know about this toy, and who manufactured it.  There is writing on the underbelly of the propeller plane (missing the propeller) and it appears to read "Marx", although the "x" may not be there.





        If anyone out there who is reading this post can help Michael with the identification of this toy,  I'm sure he would appreciate it.

Thanks for dropping by,
And as Always, have a great
part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.


(Mr.) Stacey Bindman
toysearcher@gmail.com








Saturday, March 6, 2021

Revisiting Mr. Mark L. Hartman

 Saturday, March 6, 2021
 Cloudy with Sun,
 -8 C.  ( 17.7 F)


Revisiting Mr. Mark L. Hartman


          I don't know about you, the reader, but I find that the older I get (I'm 72), the faster the time goes by. On July 31, 2014, I had the pleasure to add a post about Mr. Mark L. Hartman. Below is the link to that original post on my blog:



        Fast forward and here's how I am writing this post. Someone from an Historic society wrote to me asking if she could use some of Mark's excellent photos from that blog post. So, I wrote to Mark, reminded him who I was (after 7 years, it's a long time for a busy person to remember who I am), and asked for his permission for this woman to use his photos. Being such a kind and good-natured person, and a great businessman, he wrote back and gave me the permission. 

     I had to check the old post to gather the information to check Mark's e-mail address on ebay.  I easily found it, and when I went to his "store", there were some very fine toys that I had not seen, just as when I had written to his 7 years ago. 

      
            


You can click on the link below to redirect to Mark's 









 EXTREMELY RARE Early Marx Toys (New York, NY) Pressed Steel Ford Square Fender Cab "SEARS ALLSTATE HYDRAULIC DUMP GRAIN HAULER TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK" Circa 1962-63 piece - THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE MARX TOYS SEARS ALLSTATE GRAIN HAULER TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK IN STRONG ORIGINAL CONDITION - PIECE IS 100% ORIGINAL AND ALMOST COMPLETE (MISSING TRAILER REAR GRAIN DOOR) - MARX TOYS MADE THESE THIS SERIES OF TRUCKS FOR SEARS ROEBUCK CO. TO BE SOLD SOLELY THRU THEIR DEPARTMENT STORES - THIS IS A VERY HARD TO FIND VERSION OF THE SEARS ALLSTATE TRUCKS SERIES - ORIGINAL RED PAINTED CAB AND LITHOGRAPHY PAINTED TRAILER AND DECALS - HYDRAULIC PISTON DRIVEN DUMP ACTION WORKS BUT DOES GO UP VERY FAST - A VERY STRONG EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE SEARS ALLSTATE PIECE THAT YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN - DON'T LET THIS BEAUTY SLIP THRU YOUR FINGERS - BUY THEM WHEN YOU CAN FIND THEM IN THIS ORIGINAL CONDITION!!!  toys and  This 27-5/8" long Pressed Steel piece dates from the early '60's.

        I have to leave now, but I'll be adding another post about MArk's other toys that he has for sale currently. The above toy is from his personal collection, and as I am writing, there are currently 26 toy collectors bidding on this rare toy.

        So that's it for today. It's nice to reconnect with an old person that I have had the pleasure to write about learn about toys.


 Please take very careful care of yourself and your family!
Up here in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), I'm finally (after a year of waiting)
going to get my Covid-19  first vaccination. The medical people, people in their  
80's and 90's, caregivers, hospital nurses and aides, and others have already got then vaccination.

I've be much relieved when I get my vaccine on March 19!

I know that some of you may not believe in this pandemic, but it is 
real, and too many people have been sickened and died from this horrific virus!

As always,
Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great day.

Stacey Bindman




Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Can Anyone Help Identify This Cast Iron Messerschmitt

 Tuesday, January 12, 2021
  0 C   32 F
 Cloudy

Can Anyone Help to Identify 
This Cast Iron Messerschmitt?

     I haven't been blogging lately, but fortunately, from time to time, I get letters from toy collectors who have questions. Mr. Ted Wesselo from Holland (The Netherlands) wrote to me to ask if I could identify his toy. I wrote back for more information such as the dimensions of the toy. Ted replied and sent me several more photos.

      The toy measures 13. 5 cm x 10 cm (5.31 inches x 2.54 inches), and the height of the spring holding the plane is 7.12"). It is also made of cast iron.

      I'm not sure if the toy is European, since cast iron toys were very rare in Europe, compared with the USA.






So, if someone out there can please help out, 
Ted and I would be very appreciative.


As always, please take care,
especially during this most-terrible
Covid-12 pandemic.

Have a nice day,

Stacey Bindman
toysearcher@gmail.com