|Antique Toy Tractors
The toy tractors originated from the same line as trucks -- from the so-named construction toys. Much of their history is identical to antique truck history, except the demographic of the buyers of the original toys were quite different.
In the early 1900s, when many children grew up on farms where the tractor basically originated and toys in those areas were quick to mirror the actual farm vehicles. Even as late as the 1960s, toy tractors were still being manufactured in large quantities and were accompanied with various farm type implements.
Many of the toys boated decals of well-known makers of real tractors such as International Harvester and John Deere. It was a great form of free advertising and is still effective today in rural America. Few cast-iron tractors were produced in the late 20th century and few to nore are being made today. So, if you find any old toy tractors made of cast-iron you have the potential of owning a collectors item. The cast-iron tractors were quite rugged, so it is not uncommon to quality condition ones in existence today.
Case tractors were copied by several toy makers including Vindex. Although Vindex was not a major producer of cast-iron toys. All were characterized by accuracy and attention to detail. Many toy makers reproduced farm implements in cast iron along with the tractors, so a substantial collection of them is possible. Items to watch for are tractors and implements made by Arcade, Hubley, Kenton, Hubley, Barclay and Dent.