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1967-68 Mighty Dozer and Scraper made by Tonka, for Sears Stores *SOLD*


1967-68 Mighty Dozer and Scraper made by Tonka, for Sears Stores

We needed one in the past, now this is an oddity.  It is a near new old stock Tonka tractor for sale with a bulldozer and leveler.

Research shows this to be a relatively rare variation.  It was sold by Sears Stores and is different from 90% of the scrapers– it is pulled by a bull dozer.  For Scraper collectors it is a chase item.

Condition is excellent with rubber intact.  It was made in 1967

Mound Metalcraft was created in 1946 in Mound, Minnesota by Lynn Everett Baker (1898–1964), Avery F. Crounse, and Alvin F. Tesch. Their original intent was to manufacture garden implements. Their building’s former occupant, the Streater Company, had made and patented several toys. E.C. Streater was not interested in the toy business so they approached Mound Metalcraft. The three men at Mound Metalcraft thought they might make a good side line to their other products.

After some modifications to the design by Alvin Tesch and the addition of a new logo created by Erling Eklof; based on a University of Minnesota drafting student’s sketch by Donald B. Olson who later became the company Chief Industrial Engineer; with the Dakota Sioux word “Tanka” or Tonka, which means “great” or “big”, the company began selling metal toys which soon became the primary business. In 1955 Mound changed their name to Tonka.

Fun Factoid– The early red logo was an oval, showing the Tonka Toys name in red above waves, presumably honoring nearby Lake Minnetonka.


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