The gradual development of the fire department during the 19th century was clearly seen in toys designed on the same lines as the trucks and vehicles used by the early volunteer fire fighting companies. Similar to the full-size versions, the first miniatures were rather rough. Fallow's made a toy fire truck pumper of stenciled tinplate that was nothing more than two barrels joined at right angles -- highly basic and rough. Early fire fighting toys by Brown and Ives were equally primitive. However, in the 1880s more refined forged iron fire-fighting trucks and equipment were relased. Ives manufactured a matching set of 5 forged iron fire vehicles -- pumper, hose carriage, hook and ladder truck, fire patrol, and chief's wagon. Other major producers of fire-fighting toys were Carpenter, Hubley, and Pratt & Letchworth. Horse-drawn fire-fighting toys continued to be manufactured well after 1900, although by then most communities had converted to collectible automotive vehicles. The most diversified types of antique toy fire trucks come from a line of cast iron toys vehicles. Thousands of types of manufacturers existed, yet these were the last cast iron playthings to appear on the market. The manufacture of the forged iron fire wagons ultimately ceased in the early 1900s. Also widespread were such highly specialized vehicles as antique fire engines and police cars, trolleys, motorcycles, racing cars, and even collectible sprinkler trucks from the city streets. The pumper was advertised as Fire Engine in a Hubley catalogue of 1922, when full-size pumpers were drawn by motor vehicles instead of horses. Hubley and other toy manufacturers also manufactured toys that combined a classic 19th-century-style fire truck pumper or other piece of fire-fighting tools with a truck body, an amalgam that resembled vehicles actually used by fire fighters of those day. Till date these are considered to be highly prized vinatage collectibles. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the fire patrol wagon transported members of the company and equipment like buckets to the scene of a fire. At other times, when no crisis threatened, it transported fire-fighters on rounds, enforcing fire laws in their district. Few of the More Famous Manufacturers of Collectible Fire Trucks and Toys Dent Hardware Co. -- Henry H. Dent formed the Company in 1895, and made his first cast iron toys in 1898. The firm first made horse-drawn fire wagons (fire trucks to you and me), then followed them up with many versions of other vehicles. During the 1900s, Dent's die-cast toys slowly replaced those of forged iron.. } Hubley Company -- Established by John Hubley in about 1894, the Hubley Company made forged iron toys. Its earliest products were trains and trolleys powered by live steam, electricity, or spring mechanisms, but they later also added horse-drawn fire trucks and wagons in the 1920s. By 1940 Hubley had transformed into the world's biggest maker of cast-iron toys. Hubley gradually changed to die-cast toys made of a zinc alloy owing to increasing freight charges and international competition. Kenton Lock Manufacturing Co. -- Kenton Lock Manufacturing Co. was established in the early 1800's and in 1894 became the Kenton Hardware and began producing cast-iron toys. Horse-drawn vehicles, fire engines, nodding toys, and comic strip characters were some of the best known toys of the company. "Kentontoys" was a trade name that the company sometimes used. At VintageToyTrucks.org, find out all about} vintage tonka trucks, vintage tonka toy trucks, and vintage hess trucks.
Why No Collection Of Native American Collectibles Is Complete Without Antique Indian Beadwork Whether it’s for fashion or for a museum display, Native American collectibles only grow in popularity over time. Antique Indian beadwork is among the most collectible of the Native American collectibles. Before Native Americans used beads on their clothing, they painted them. That said, even before the European settlers in America introduced them to beads, Native Americans were beginning to incorporate bead-like items into their garments which were made from bones and dried berries. How Antique Indian Beadwork Came To Be In 1675 or thereabouts, settlers from Europe came to the Americas with brightly colored beads made of glass to trade with the Native Americans. These early beads found in antique Indian beadwork are actually called pony beads since pony pack trains carried them to Native American villages. For the most part, these beads were blue, but others were white and even a brownish red. So, antique Indian beadwork took on a predominantly blue striped look with some reds and whites mixed in. Pony beadwork started to fade in popularity by the middle 1800s, when smaller beads with brighter colors started to be traded between Native Americans and white settlers. Indeed, over time, Native American collectibles, from moccasins to shirts, leggings to headbands, all seem to have some sort of beadwork worked into them. The needle and thread wasn’t introduced to Native American cultures for many years and actually, what they used to apply beads to Native American collectibles was called a sinew. Sinew is dried tendon from large game like an elk or deer. The Varities Of Antique Indian Beadwork There are three main kinds of Indian beadwork found in Native American collectibles. These are: Overlaying Or Spot Stitching This type of antique Indian beadwork is characterized by its curvaceous and flowery patterns. The Lazy Stitch Western Native Americans used this geometric style more commonly than other tribes. Beads Woven With Looms This particular style of beading is most likely traceable to the Ojibway peoples. As time and trade wore on, the practice became more commonplace among many other tribes. Since the tribes often migrated with big game, the loom was made to be ultra portable, which only lent to its popularity. Essentially, the loom was made of four pieces of flat wood and a sinew. Its Popularity Holds Firm Even nowadays, tribes of Native Americans are mimicking antique Indian beadwork styles to create new Native American collectibles to sell. If you are a collector of Native American collectibles, you know full well that it’s imperative to have many pieces of antique Indian beadwork as part of your archive. Visit this website for Antique Indian Beadwork today.
Since the terrible tornado that struck the city of Joplin, Missouri several weeks ago, there is a story out there that the corporate meatheads at Direct TV were assessing the unfortunates that lost their homes and business, a $500 penalty unless their equipment was returned. Now I do not know how true or false the story is, but I had a similar experience several years back with another heartless corporation that is entirely true, and illustrates just how cold and greedy the corporate mindset thinks. Our house and business burned to the ground in April of 2007, and a short time later we contacted Comcast our internet and TV service provider to inform them of the circumstance. We lost virtually everything we owned not only personally as well as most of the business equipment and inventory. Comcrap oops I meant to say Comcast (actually not a slip of the pen) on hearing of our situation demanded that we reimburse them for their equipment lost with no regard to the apparent facts. They not only wanted the equipment price (at full retail no discounting here) but they also wanted the full month's service charge even though we could not use the service for almost half that time. Corporate greed (bottom line profit) won out , and they eventually got their full greed money. Oh I should say in their defense, they did generously allow us a payment schedule so that we could pay out (through the nose) over a six month period of time, as long as they got their money. Personally I no longer have anykind of respect for Comcrap (Comcast) and if ever given any real chance of an equal or better provider I will jump their ship and thumb my nose at them as I leave. Comcast has proven to me that their only concern is how to rip money out of everyone's pocket, no matter the situation. I firmly believe if someone were to die, Comcast probably has a ghoul collector who will constantly harass the mourning family members so that they will get their almighty dollar. They probably even have a morgue patrol who go around and search the pockets of the dead for loose change. Gotta make sure they get their money. I realize that some scam artist might try to take advantage of the company and claim to have suffered terrible loss such as flood or fire, but it would have been easily verified our fire loss with the police, fire and news reports. Why can't these corporations set aside a certain amount of cash in a fund to help alleviate the stress on the owner's lives instead of heaping another financial burden on an obviously poor time in their lives. Heck I know for a fact that these corporation crapper heads waste money left and right , it would not be a drop in their buckets of corporate profit to provide such a service. One last thought, I earlier referenced the Direct TV Corp as the opening of this rant, and I would like to make it clear, the story has not been proven, and that according to some reports, one of the corporate heads has come out and said that the story was entirely false, that their contract with users states there is no penalty due to acts of god (IE: natural disasters).