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Object ID 001293

Object Name Shell and Mobilgas Double Decker Bus Toy

Object Desc A tin double decker bus with Shell and Mobilgas advertisments on the side made by Asakusa Toy Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001107

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hallway Shelf 2

Object Date

Start Year Range 1945

End Year Range 1960

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords toys,double-deck buses,Shell,Mobilgas,Asakusa Toy Company,buses,metal toys,miniatures,

Title Shell and Mobilgas Double Decker Bus Toy

Description A tin double decker bus that has Shell and Mobilgas advertisments on the sides. This tin toy was made by the Asakusa Toy Company. The bus is red, black, yellow, blue and white. The main color is red. The front of the bus has a sign that say "600 Express." The right sides of the bus has the mobilgas advertisement in red, white, and blue. Below the first level of windows it says "Double Decker Bus" in yellow. Near the back on the right side it has the manufacturer stamp and "600." The right side of the bus has the Shell advertisment in yellow and red. It says "Shell with ICA." and has the shell logo. The only difference between the two sides is the logos. The back of the bus says "Trucks Levland Buses" in blue and white. On the top of the bus there three rectangles with gray circles inside. The bus has four wheels and a black bottom. Inside the bus it is folded up tin to make it look like it has seats.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 8.5

Width 2.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Asakusa Toy Company

Maker Details Not much is known about the company. Production of tin toys in the United States began in earnest when tin ore mines were opened in Illinois providing easily available and cheap raw materials. The largest and most successful firm from the 1920s to the 1960s was Louis Marx and Company.The production of tin toys was discontinued during World War II because of the need for raw materials in the war effort. After the war, tin toys were produced in large numbers in Japan. Under occupation and the Marshall Plan, manufacturers in Japan were granted the right to resume production. The idea was to give Japan all of the low profit; high labor manufacturing and the US companies could sell the imported product. It worked better than they had expected and Japan became a tin toy manufacturing force until the end of the 1950s. In the 1960s cheaper plastic and new government safety regulations ended the reign of tin toys.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001007



Date JAN 22,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Lots of edge wear along the seams that hold the bus together. It has a lot of dents and scratches as well. The inside of the bus is starting to rust.


Date JAN 22,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 17 from Bay View Pharmacy - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 2 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin