Sunday, September 28, 2008

DINKY TOYS : FIRE ENGINE





Fire Engine with Extending Ladder; Dinky Toys No555. This model was first issued by Dinky Supertoys in December 1952, was renumbered 955 in late 1954, and remained in production until 1969. Of the two examples shown, is the earlier version, without plastic windows and fitted with metal wheels with rubber tyres. The example at dates from after renumbering: it has windows and is fitted with plastic wheels. All versions feature a bell, a ladder that can be raised and extended, and a towing-hook. The tinplate base plate is stamped with the maker’s name, “555” and “Fire engine”. The earlier version is the harder to find. Length: 140 mm.

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