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Western’s 1947 Aluminum/Steel Kid’s Pedal Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, toys

UPDATE: The University of Washington’s Digital Collections includes the below photo with a more accurate date (1947) and description. According to the UW Library, pictured in the top photo is Joe Woolfe and his grandson

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Previously Posted February 11, 2019: These images were posted on Facebook and the toy jeeps attributed to Boeing. However, as a commenter pointed out below, these were actually produced by Western Toy Company in 1959. Here are some other examples.

(02/11/2019) These jeeps are pictured in front of the old Seattle Art Museum (we did field trips there in high school) which is inside Volunteer Park in Seattle, Washington.

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Al-Toy Jeepster Butler, PA $999

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Here’s a rare Jeepster Al-Toy for sale.

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/tag/d/butler-1949-promo-car-willys-jeepster/7256548112.html

“1949 Promo Car Willys Jeepster Cast Toledo Bronze Co Al-toys RARE 15″ Unrestored told they only made about 350 of these! guess costs were too high to produce & sell, were never sold retail, were made for dealer promo’s pretty rare piece!! a must for the serious collector! have only seen a couple of them for sale at 3000-3500 heres a nice unrestored example!

have some other high end toys listed!”

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Auto Mix FC-170 Tow Truck and VW Beetle Vinyl Toys on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Andy spotted this rare combo of vehicles still in their blister package. It’s currently priced at $149.99. The pics aren’t the best.

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“Product Name: “JEEP TOW TRUCK WRECKER (WITH ORIGINAL HOOK!!) + VW BEETLE” ULTRA RARE!
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN ORIGINAL BLISTERCARDED CONDITION!
Colour: Red + Blue.
Note: No deformation. New!. Original from the late `60ties to early `70ties.
Produced by: NP, Norddeutsche Plastik, Germany.”

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1950s Hinde & Dauch Paper Jeep Trailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Apparently, this Hinde and Dauch cardboard trailer was part of a package that included a jeep? Anyone know more about it?

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“DESCRIPTION OF ITEM: A very rare toy, This was made by Hinde & Dauch Paper Company in the early 1950s, Sandusky Ohio You can google the information, The body is made of paper cardboard and measures 10 1/2” long, 5 1/2” wide, 3” tall. The wheels are wood, It’s in very good condition with some scuf marks. Please see picture and judge for yourself on the condition.”

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Kempro MB Wood Model Kit on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Bidding starts at $40 (down from $50). Though the illustration on the box suggests the is a slat grill MB, the grill in the box is the standard looking grille.

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“Rare Chicago Kempro All Star Jeep Model Kit Wood. Condition is “Used”. Box has staining as shown. Appears complete but see photos and ask any questions. Box measures 14×6.”

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Toy Pressed Steel Jeep **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** for $12.00 on eBay (plus $15 shipping).

Anyone recognize this toy? It is in rough condition.

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“Vintage 1940’s Era Pressed Steel Willys Jeep, Metal Wheels. Condition is “Used”. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Couldn’t find the makers mark it may have deteriorated over time, I am not an expert on steel pressed toys it looks like it was modeled after the Louis Marx Pressed steel jeeps but it is 6.5″ long and i have been told that Marx Jeeps were 11″ long. The steering wheel is missing and the pop-up window is missing”

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Marx Lumar Fire Jeep Massapequa, NY $50

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Roger Martin spotted this Marx Lumar fire jeep. It’s a little rough, but still a hard version to find.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2878558719133941

“Antique Lumar metal hero truck, clean and solid condition,12 inch long ,from 1940s-50s”

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Toy Jeep from Hobby Lobby?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Blaine shared this ‘toy’ jeep he saw on Collectors Weekly. Neither of us had seen it before, but a commenter on that site said it was an “Art Decor piece likely sold at Hobby Lobby.” Anyone know if that’s the case?

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/88947-jeep-tin-toy?in=216-activity

“It’s a vintage Jeep Tin Toy that I recently bought. The writing on the hood is “U.S.A. 252678548”. It measures about 11 1/2 inches long, about 4 inches tall, and about 5 inches wide. On the bottom, it has “52” stamped on it. On the hood, it has a star.”

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Leddy Willys MA Model + Ford GA Model **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

This combo sold on eBay for $62.89. It features what appears to be a Leddy Willys MA model jeep + a built Ford GPA (possibly a Leddy model also). I was about to make a $110 bid to buy both just before the auction ended, but then I noticed the model box had no top. I thought that hurt the value, so declined to bid. I may regret that as the chances of finding another Leddy MA model probably isn’t very good.

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GEE-I Jeep w/Box Chicago, IL $50

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Roger Martin spotted this GEE-I Jeep with its display box. Shipping is only $10.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/159410239058143

“VINTAGE 1940’s THE BRAMD NEW GEE-I JEEP PUSH BUTTON CONTROL ,SOLID RUBBER WHEELS,FORWARD REVERSE NOT TESTED DONT NO IF IT WORKS. VIBRO-ROLL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURE OF QUALITY TOYS PITTSBURGH PA. WITH ORIGINAL BOX WITH SOME SHELF WARE”

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Wood Jeep From India

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I bought this wood jeep on eBay. It’s solid wood with a good weight and some fun designs. One instription suggests this was made in India. A message on the bottom suggests this was purchased or completed on October 07, 1998, and was either for or from someone named Robin.

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Andy Gard Utility Jeep on eBay

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This toy jeep includes the packaging.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR A PLASTIC ANDI GARD BRAND “UTILITY JEEP” IN ITS ORIGINAL PACKAGING.

JEEP AND BOX HAVE GOOD COLOR AND GRAPHICS.

JEEP IS COMPLETE WITH NO BREAKS.

BOX HAS WEAR FROM AGE, STORAGE, AND PLAY. TEARS AND FOLDS IN BOX AND PLASTIC WINDOW.(SEE PHOTOS), BUT STILL PRESENTABLE.

A NICE, RARE, JEEP TOY”

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My “New Civilian Jeep” California Moulder Plastic Agri-Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I spotted this plastic jeep on a buy-it-now eBay ad, but didn’t recognize it. It looked unusual due to the spare tire placement (CJ-2-like), so I made an offer and scored it. After some research, I learned it is pretty unique.

According to Fred Coldwell (you can see his collection of these below), “in 1945 California Moulders, Inc., Los Angeles 11, California, produced plastic models of the 1944 CJ-2 jeep named the “Agrijeep”.  These first 20 CJ-2 civilian jeeps can be identified by their spare tire mounted mid-body on the passenger side, as faithfully reproduced in the plastic models below. These CJ-2 models came in a variety of colors, and the red and white and blue and white model pairs shown below have opposite colored hood, bodies, tailgates and tires. I have yet to find the complimentary models to the blue and yellow and white and green plastic CJ-2 jeeps.  These very first plastic models of “The New” Civilian Jeeps are not easy to find, but over the decades I have collected the ones shown here. Enjoy!”

Mine is all one color (I have yet to find a comparable one on the internet), but lacks the windshield. It seems like it got too hot (see the front bumper), so it’s hardly a perfect specimen. There are no markings on it, other than “39” is printed on the box; I’m unclear what that signifies (no company name on the box either).

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Other California Moulder models:

This first photo shows Fred’s collection (from this link):

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Fleet of Toy Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

The seller indicates these were from M*A*S*H toy sets.

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“Metal diecast US military jeeps and trailers, 18 Jeeps and 16Trailers, made by Zylmex, 1983. 12 are OD green, 6 are desert camouflaged. First time I saw them was in the 1980’s they sold as part of M*A*S*H* sets. Selling to reduce my collection of soldiers and vehicles. Scale is possibly HO scale. Condition is “Used”.”

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Woodedn Jeep Toy Coquitlam, B.C., Canada **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $300.

Blaine spotted an unusual toy on Craigslist. Anyone recognize this wooden jeep? It seems to be missing the steering wheel and a windshield. It’s probably a one-off, but figured I’d check.

“Jeep from war 1940s ? – all wood – great collectible -”

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August 1949 Toy Wagon Build From Mechanix Illustrated

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, toys

The August 1949 issue of Mechanix Illustrated included detailed plans for constructing a battery powered, remote-control toy wagon.
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3 Auburn Rubber FC-150 Toys on eBay

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This seller has three rubber FC-150 toys at $30 each or make offer.

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“Offered for auction is a vintage Auburn Willys Jeep FC-150 4X4 truck, which measures approximately five inches in length. It is made of a red rubber-like material. It has images of passengers in the side windows, and the cab details are highlighted with silver paint. It sports black tires, and the front axle is out of line. The toy is in used condition with some warping, which is present in most of these old rubber toys. There is some dark staining on the surface from age. This toy is suitable for display or just plain play.

This Jeep FC-150 truck will make a great addition to a Jeep and/or forward control truck collection.”

 
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Bachmann M-38A1 RC Kirkwood, MO $25

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Works sometimes.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/clt/d/saint-louis-c-us-army-jeep/7245985577.html

“Bachmann Taiyo Radio Racer
US Army Jeep
works intermittently
car requires 1-9V and 2-AA batteries
controller requires 1-9V battery
battery cover on car is broken/missing”

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Andy Gard Ride-on Toy Middletown, CT $25

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UPDATE: Still Available.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/tag/d/middletown-andy-gard-green-jeep-toy/7242939617.html

“Andy Gard Sit N Ride ARMY Jeep. Has 2-Stars on the hood,Steering wheel has ANDY GARD.
Andy Gard was well know for all his plastic toys back in the 1950’s,He made all his toy’s Near Pittsburgh Pa. in a small town call Leetsdale Pa. Comes with all wheel’s and steering wheel.”

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Western JEEP Toy Ads on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

UPDATE: Here are three Western JEEP toy ads on eBay.

1. This ad appeared in the May 1946 issue of Toys and Novelties. It looks to be an early ad for the Western Jeep. I didn’t realize it was manufactured out of Seattle.

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2. This ad appeared in the Playthings Magazine in September of 1946. It announced that the Western Jeep had proven too popular and was sold out. There was a kiddie ride called the Western Jeep that look like it used this style of jeep (see post below this one).

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3. This ad appeared most likely in a 1946 issue of Toys and Novelties. The seller of this ad is purposefully obscuring the date and magazine, so it isn’t clear whether when this ad was published.

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4. This ad appears in a 1947 magazine, probably Toys and Novelties. It announced a new low price (though the price of the ad on eBay is anything but low):

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Marx Nellybelle Jeep with Pat, Dale and Bullet w/ Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I don’t know what this is worth, but they have some good pics of this rarely seen Nellybelle Marx jeep and box. The eBay seller is asking $750.

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“Marx NellyBelle Willys Jeep ( car Truck) with Pat, Dale and Bullet. This listing is for a really nice condition Willys NellyBelle Metal Jeep with the Original Box. Also included is Pat Brady, Dale Evans , Bullet the Dog and one Hammer.”

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2 8″-Long Wooden Jeeps on eBay

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This pair of wood jeeps has a buy-it-now price of $27, plus $8.25 shipping. They are stamped 2013, so they aren’t very old.

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“High Quality, Handcrafted Wood Jeep. These are vintage style toys. No metal was used to make the Jeeps. They are crafted with wood and glue only. The wood varies but pine and alder were primary used. The wheels turn and the windshield goes up and down. Each Jeep measures approximately 8″ x 4″ x 2.75″.”

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Wood CJ-5 Jeep with Trailer on eBay

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Here’s another wood jeep, this time sold with a trailer.

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“Handcrafted Wood Jeep with Trailer. No metal was used in making these items and stay true to the vintage style toys that inspired them. The wood varies but pine and alder were primarily used. The wheels turn and the windshield goes up and down. The Jeep measures approximately 8″x 4″x 2 3/4″. The trailer measures approximately 8 1/4″x1 3/4″x3 1/2″.”

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LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler $49.99

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Bill shared the news that Jeep and Lego have partnered ups ro a LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler. It will be available Jan. 1, 2021. With 665 parts, it will take some time to assembler.

https://www.wtol.com/article/life/shopping/lego-jeep-partner-up-and-launch-wrangler-rubicon-lego-model/512-21b35963-401c-4e35-a88d-55ed2ccf798e

https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/jeep-wrangler-42122

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Johnny Lightening Pearl Harbor Day of Infamy Toy Navy Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This toy seems appropriate for today. Thanks to Mark for forwarding it.

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