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Object ID 001084

Object Name Tonka Fire Truck

Object Desc Red large Tonka Fire truck. There is a hose attached to the truck.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000953

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords fire engines,Tonka Toys,toys,metal toys,

Title Tonka Fire Truck

Description Red Fire truck with Tonka Toys label. Front of truck says "Tonka." Two sets of wheels with "Tonka Toys U.S.A." On the side there is "Tonka, Mound, Minn." label with a brown design around it. There is a hose attached to the truck.


Approx Collection Date

Height 6

Length 17.25

Width 5.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Tonka

Maker Details On September 18, 1946, Mound Metalcraft was created in Mound, Minnesota with three men as partners, Lynn Everett Baker, Avery F. Crounse, and Alvin F. Tesch. The first products produced by the fledgling company were two versions of a metal tie-rack. Their original intent was to manufacture garden implements. Their building's former occupant, the Streater Company, had made and patented several toys. E.C. Streater was not interested in the toy business so they approached Mound Metalcraft. The three men at Mound Metalcraft thought they might make a good side line to their other products. After some modifications to the design by Alvin Tesch and the addition of a new logo created by Erling Eklof with the Dakota Sioux word "Tanka" or Tonka, which means "Great" or "Big", the company began selling metal toys. This soon became the primary business. On November 23, 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated.

Maker Mark


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Date NOV 21,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Rachel Baker

Notes Truck has rust in the back.


Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 4 from Room 1, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin