Mario de Andreis Ets De Andreis EGDA Tin Lithographed Calberson Candy Container French Delivery Van *SOLD*

Mario de Andreis EGDA Tin Lithographed Calberson Candy Container French Delivery Van

This is a rare and vibrant Mario de Andreis EDGA Calberson candy container French tin delivery van. It comes from a “Mint in Box” toy collection. The van is marked with “183 Avenue Paris” and “EGDA” and features Rapid Transport branding, along with a distinctive “4331-RK5″ plate. Constructed from sturdy tin, the toy remains in strong condition, with only minor aging visible on the roof. Its standout feature lies in the outstandingly bright advertising panels, adding to its charm and historical appeal. It is approximately 6” in length.



A brief history of Mario de Andreis, Ets De Andreis EGDA of Marseille, France:

1936 – 1961

Founded: Mario De Andreïs

In 1922, Giacomo De Andreïs, originally hailing from Genoa, Italy, relocated to Marseille, France. A skilled metal printer, he specialized in crafting illustrated metal boxes, advertising panels, and toys using lithographed sheet metal. Among his creations were replicas of iconic vehicles like the Peugeot 201 delivery vans.

By 1936, Giacomo’s son, Mario De Andreïs, took the reins and officially registered the EGDA trademark. From that point onward, toys manufactured by Ets De Andreis bore this acronym. The lithographed sheet metal toys produced under the EGDA brand gained recognition for their quality and craftsmanship.

During the upheaval of World War II in 1941, Mario De Andreïs diversified his activities. Alongside his printing work, he collaborated with François Lembo to establish the SELIC Company. Despite the challenges of wartime, Ets De Andreïs maintained its prominence in Marseille’s toy sector, known for its specialized productions and fruitful collaborations with other toy manufacturers.

In 1961, the reins of the company shifted as Ets JJ Carnaud & Forges de Basse Indre, a printer based in the Paris region, took over Ets De Andreïs. This marked a new chapter in the company’s history, signaling changes in ownership and direction within the industry.