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Tom Sehloff Cast Iron Cars and Toys

We recently experienced a renaissance for cast iron toys, and you may not recognize it. The early Pratt & Letchworth and Ives production ceased over 100 years ago.  Hubley and Arcade cast iron production ended around 80 years ago.    Afterwards, we had another all American and prestigious maker to be aware of — Sehloff…

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Animate Toys of NY- Tank Found

Have you heard of Animate Toys of New York?  We had not, but were lucky enough to get a tank and box come our way.  A collector shared with us a boxed example and we would like to share back. “Treat ‘Em Rough” that’s what they did to the Germans. is the headline…. 31 East…

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Tin Santa Toy, Early Crank Find

Our very early Santa toy find is a deep curiosity.  We need your help! The toy has English writing on it, but seems to have German Santa toy traits.  From what we can barely discern, it was marked on the square base “World Wide Delivery”.   The owner was a World War II vet and…

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Mercury 1000 K&O Outboard Motor from Japan

As we know, the more collectors we know, the deeper the rabbit hole.  Please help me find a toy I’ve just heard about– K&O Mercury 1000 Outboard motor.  I would appreciate any catalogs or data help too for the files. Rumor has it that these were late 50’s and were part of the “mine is…

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TippCo or Tipp & Co toys from Germany

Paging through the thoroughly foreign book by Rudgr Huber, “Tipp & Co–größter blechspielzeughersteller in nürnberg nach 1932”, my personal collector appetite is whetted.  Translated into English- “Tipp & Co, the largest tin toy seller after 1932”.  Ok, I’m drooling a bit.   We have a wonderful 9″ x 9″ reference book brought to us by…

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Tin Toy and toys with thin metal aka Tin

Friends and I have an ongoing discussion on tin toys and metal toys.  What makes a tin toy?  Why are some metal toys pressed steel and yet others known as tin toys?  Aren’t they all the same and is there cross over in the toy terms? My latest line of thinking is this– Tin toys…

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Florida Toy Show 2020- Central FL, Eustis

The Central Florida toy (and Advertising) show is now officially a success!  At around 120 tables and at over 60 vendors, there were toys as far as the eye can see.  Make it a point to visit next year (or see us again)! The crack staff of toy dealers aka “non-union set up crew” began…

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Republic Toys Pressed Steel Truck

Etch in your mind yet another lesser known pressed steel toy company– Republic Toys of Dayton Ohio.   Our “Tool Products Company” didn’t leave a long lasting impression toy collectors (at least from our standpoint), but should have.  Our American toy maker tends to be bunched into “Dayton” Toys steel products. The Republic Tool Products…

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Buck Rogers Tootsietoy Set Bliss

This stunning 1937 Tootsietoy set deserves an article and a bit of praise.  It was recently seen on auction and normally is hidden deep within the best toy collections of the world.  It doesn’t often come to light, so we are happy to share photos. Tootsietoys were in their heyday pre World War 2, and…

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