1940 Buddy L Metal Toy Baggage Truck
What an opportunity to own very collectible metal toy truck from Buddy L. This 1940 Baggage Truck is in fair condition. It still has all 4 wheels and they turn. The original paint is still there, but a bit worn and rusty due to its age and being a well loved and played with toy. The decals on each side are still in place, but one is more clear than the other. See the photos. The truck is almost 18" long and is 5" tall. The colors are red and yellow.
Fred A. Lundahl owned Moline Pressed Steel Co. in the early 1900's. The company was in the automobile parts business, but started making metal toys in 1921. He made toys for his son out of scrap metal and turned that into a business. They made pull toys, small trucks and other work vehicles, and large vehicles children could ride. Buddy L was considered a pioneer in the steel toy field and held contracts with Marshall Fields and F. A. O. Schwarz. The company was sold during the depression.
Earlier toys are generally higher quality and built to last. They are very desired by collectors and can bring a high price. The toys made later are still valued and sought after. Values depend upon rarity and condition.
This truck was appraised for $300 retail. This price is a great opportunity to get a deal on an old collectible metal toy truck. It looks great in a boy's room or office.