Dating tootsie toys
The first ones I will post are the 3 inch Tootsietoy cars and trucks I have in my collection that were made in the 1950's and into the 1960's.
With the Tootsietoy models the car/truck year and name are ones I am taking from the book: Tootsietoys by Dr. I know there are other books out there and some use different names and years but this is a start.
A personal story about these 3 inch Tootsietoy models - most of these were kept at my grandma's house in a little black suitcase (along with the F&F cereal box cars) so I would always have little cars to play with.
After she died in 1968 the suitcase came home with me - still have it!
Not sure if this is the Bay this should be in but know it can be moved.
This thread is for all those old slush mold cars and trucks that some of us have from firms like Tootsietoy, Midgetoy, Goodee, Barclay and many others.
Chine tin boat; wood Buddy L tool chest; 12 erector sets; cast iron fence; tin roller coaster; tin Ferris wheel; tin jet ride; 1800’s tin litho coupe & 2 pickups; Structo ladder truck; tin litho horse & wagon; tin litho taxis; buffalo tin litho race car; tin police car; Kingburry race car; tin Allied van truck; tin airplanes; several old Tootsie toys; ride on buses. we learn that; Lido was formed in 1947 by the nephews (Seymour & Effrem Arenstein) of William Shaland the biggest importer of toys in the country.Ajax was founded about 1950 by William Shalland's son-in-law Harry Sternburg 1964 Lido was sold to Bala 1965 Bala liquidated and the remains bought by Gabriel all but 50 molds melted 1970/71 Ajax goes out of business.Mostly likely Joy Toy is the source of most figures that show up in today's collector market as they had the molds from 1972 to 1990. Copies of Ajax dinosaurs made in Hong Kong all 8 poses with painted eyes. 12.00 Header card bag of Ajax copy dinosaurs, bag has huge slit (all 8 dinos present).However we will list them as Ajax unless in Joy Toy packaging. Western Figures & Items Smaller 45mm Cowboy and Indian copies More of these western hard plastic figures of uncertain origin but probably made by LIDO, AJAX or ARCHER (keep in mind Lido supplied figures of this type to T. Ajax either made copies of many of the Bergen figures or had Bergen wholesale them figures, or got access to the molds after Bergen's demise in 1958.
Prehistoric Items AJAX DINOS 3.00 EACH SP UNLESS NOTED. As the rodeo set has had a Davy Crockett banner added it is likely that it was sold in 1954 or 55 during the Davy Crockett mania brought on by the Disney episodes starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebson.