How Farm Toys Transformed into Collectible Treasures
Modern day makeover: Part 1 of 2
Link chains make this Arcade Caterpillar look realistic.
This Arcade McCormick-Deering Farmall Regular is one of the hardest Arcade farm toys to find.
This Arcade McCormick-Deering 10-20 tractor, which dates to about 1925, also came in gray.
Some Arcade Fordsons are colorful, with red wheels and drivers in blue. Note the different rear wheels on these toys.
As a child, Jim Goke found this Hubley Oliver 70 orchard tractor so ugly that he wouldn't play with it. This Hubley tractor with slant fenders was made in 1/25 scale in the late 1930s.
A beautifully colorful catalog illustration for Arcade's McCormick-Deering thresher.
The Hubley Huber road roller reflects an era when it was largely up to farmers to build and maintain their own roads.
The Vindex John Deere stationary gasoline engine was a first; no other stationary gas engine farm toys were made before this one.
A rare set of Vindex Case toys in mint condition. A Case Model L tractor pulls a spreader, with a hay loaders and combine at back. (The Case Eagle is not a Vindex piece.)
Salesman's samples included working models of mowers like this one. The manufacturer of such pieces is not always known.
The only known farm toy made of lead, this John Deere Model D was manufactured by Kansas City Toy & Novelty Co. in 1930.
This box — perhaps the earliest surviving farm toy box — was mailed from Peoria, Ill., to New York in 1919 with a Hubley Avery 18-36 cast iron tractor inside. "In 30 years of going to major farm toy shows," says Dave Nolt, Paradise, Pa., "I don't know of an older box that that one."
Courtesy Dave Nolt
Sears, Roebuck & Co. advertised this farm toy in company catalogs in 1923.