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Scouting and Toy Soldiers A Great Combination!

On Friday, October 21, I had the great honor to give a presentation on Toy Soldiers to Cub Scout Pack 2, Cedar Grove, NJ. Forty-five Cub Scouts, and their parents were in attendance.

The presentation consisted of two eight-foot tables, with toy soldiers on display from all era’s, including American Dimestores, [...]

New Jersey Art Foundry Demolished

Jersey City, June 24, 2011–New Jersey Art Foundry’s nondescript brick commercial building, where the toy soldier and toy vehicle molds for Barclay, Manoil and other American Dimestore makers were manufactured, was bulldozed and the land upon which it stood for over 70 years has been cleared.
For as long as I remember the [...]

Tootsietoy Renault Tank

Tootsietoy’s diecast miniature toy version of the Renault tank first appeared in Tootsietoy’s 1931 catalog and was numbered #4647. It was described as being a: “Reproduction in miniature of the latest Caterpillar Tank from specifications furnished by the U.S.
Govt. War Dept.”
The Renault T-17 tank was developed during the later years of the first World War. [...]

Barclay’s Mystery No. 50 Ambulance

Mystery Unnumbered (unmarked) Ambulance
A collector friend of mine, Steve Sauchelli, ferrocollect@gmail.com, turned up what appears to be an unnumbered (unmarked) version of the Barclay large ambulance #50. Both ambulances are exactly the same size and share the same front grill, window, and side curtain details.

However, crosses on the unmarked version are inverted instead of embossed. [...]

Barclay’s F.T.-17 Renault Tank

Many American Dimestore companies produced toy versions of tanks, but none compared to the variety produced by Barclay. Barclay manufactured six versions of tanks. All of their designs generally resemble real-life tanks, but only their pre-WWII version of the Renault F.T.-17  tank comes close to being an accurate model of a real tank.
The Renault F.T.-17 [...]

American Dimestore Basics, Manoil Hollow-Base Figures

No other American Dimestore figures have raised as much speculation over their evolution as a small group of early production Manoils known to collectors as “Hollow-Base.”
Figure in the center of my photo is a regular two hole base Manoil. It’s flanked by two hollow-base figures.
I theorize that since hollow-base castings were, and still are,
extensively used [...]

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