Big Antique 1920s American National Pressed Steel Giant Mack Fire Truck 28 1/2"
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Big Antique 1920s American National Pressed Steel Giant Mack Fire Truck 28 1/2" :
This is an outstanding pressed steel toy fire truck made by the American National Co. of Toledo, Ohio who competed with other toy companies making sidewalk toyssuch as Buddy L back in the late 1920s. Their slogan was "Raise the kids on Wheels". This truck, modelled after a Mack, is about 28 1/2" in length to the tip of its crank and is extremely ruggedly built and heavy!. It has king pin type steering system, 4 1/4" diameter wheels with rubber knobby tires, a bell, dash mounted searchlight, the aforementioned starter crank that makes a ratcheting sound when turned, two water or chemical cylinders, extension laddersand a hose reel operated by a small crank. The truck has been stored for many years and the hose is missing, small pieces of decayed rubber attest to its demise.I'm assuming there was a keeper for the hose to play out, mounted on the top of the rear top bracket that also is missing. The paint is original and all I did was carefully vacuum the surface. Gold painted trim work is still visible as are the the side decals.The two hood decals have mostly faded away. In the photos the starboard ladder is askew. Nothing is broken it just slipped off the hanger.The rear axle is slightly bent so I guess some long ago budding fireman must have ridden this and I don't think it will take much to straighten it out or, leave it as it is as it does not look bad or affect the rolling ability at all. I have not found much info or other photos of this truck and it really is awonderful toy. On Mar-21-13 at 13:37:11 PDT, seller added the following information:
I've been doing more research on this and have found that it was made in 1926 and is aModel 308 Bull Dog Mack Fire Chemical Truck. Those two tanks are nickel plated and the photo I saw on line showed no keeper for the hose on the back rack and is the same as this one. The color is Indian Red. The company only made pressed steel sidewalk or pull toys from 1926 - 1928 and are better known for manufacturing magnificent pedal cars of the period.