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Object ID 001125

Object Name Ertl Manure Spreader toy

Object Desc Small red wagon with wheels with a beige spindle at the end made by Ertl Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000987

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hallway Shelf 1

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords toys,manure spreader,Ertl Company,metal toys,wagons,agriculture,

Title Ertl Manure Spreader toy

Description The toy is a red wagon with two wheels. The red coloring is spotty and the metal is starting to show through. At the end of the wagon is a beige spindal that has "blades" to give the idea of a spining motion to "spread the manure." At the top of the wagon is a hook as if it could be hooked to another toy. On the bottom of the wagon it has raised lettering stating that it was made by ERTL Co in Dyersville, Iowa and was made in the U.S. A.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 6

Width 2

Depth 1

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details 1.5 inches in height from the wheel to the top of the wagon. 1.25 inches in diameter for the wheels.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Ertl Company

Maker Details Fred Ertl Sr. started making toy tractors in the furnace of his home, in 1945. He was a journeyman molder at a Dubuque firm that was temporarily idled by a strike. By 1946, the basement wasn't big enough, so the business moved to a 1,040 square foot building in Dubuque. By 1947 Ertl was incorporated and moved into a larger 11,000 square foot building. Mr. Ertl met with people at Deere & Company and was able to get approval to produce toy tractors with the John Deere name. The first John Deere toy tractor produced was a Model "A". In 1959, Ertl built a larger facility in Dyersville, IA and moved all production to that facility. The Ertl Company was acquired by Victor Comptometer Corporation in 1967 which was subsequently purchase by Kidde, Inc. in 1977.In the last 20 years, Ertl—now RC2—has produced over 58 million die-cast tractors and implements to delight kids and collectors throughout the world.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY987



Date JAN 5,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The red paint is coming off, but as for the rest of the two it is in great shape.


Date JAN 5,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 5,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 10 from Room 1, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 1 from Room 1, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin