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Object ID 001129

Object Name Ertl Manure Spreader toy

Object Desc Red wagon with three spindles at the end of the wagon with two wheels made by Ertl Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000991

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

Title Ertl Manure Spreader toy

Description This toy is a red wagon with three spindles at the end of the wagon that have spikes and swirls to indicate that it will be used to unload something. The spindles are moveable. At the top of the wagon is a metal hook so it could attach it to a tractor. It has two wheels at the end of the wagon. On the inside of the wagon is some ribing to making it look like how it is supposed to be held together. It does not have a maker mark, but I found a similar manure spreader on ebay that was made by ERTL Co.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 6.5

Width 1.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details 1.5 inches in height measured from the wheel. 2.5 inches in width wheel to wheel. 1 inch 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 CMY991



Date JAN 5,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke

Notes Mostly paint is chipped from use. Otherwise it is in good condition.


Date JUN 8,2014

Summary Location change

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