1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co Private label Semi truck and trailer
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1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co, Private label Semi truck and trailer

1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co, Private label Semi truck and trailer
Tonka created partnerships with many different businesses to come up with Private Label versions of their toys. While these toys are not shown in the Look Books or lookbooks for 1957 there were several different Private labels trucks produced. These truck have become valuable to collectors in terrific condition like the example shown on this page. The problem most private label trucks have is the large decal used on most of these become yellow and brittle and damage easily. Also because of their limited number, many private label trucks used paint which was inferior to the normal Dupont "Dulux" paint that was baked on to the production trucks. The most notable example of poor paint is the silver color used to paint the top of the United Van Lines Semi Trailer shown below which is about the best looking truck ever produced by Tonka Toys, and one of the most difficult to produce. Another example is the entire trailer for the Red Owl Private Label Tonka from the same period. These are always found with some paint deterioration.
1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co, Private label Semi truck and trailer
1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co, Private label Semi truck and trailer
1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co, Private label Semi truck and trailer
1955 Jewel Tea Co., Inc Semi Truck and Trailer
- An authentic reproduction of the most popular types of fire equipment seen today - This truck is a terrific reproduction of the Jewel Tea and Co trucks on the road. Floating tandem rear axle, opening rear doors, removable trailer with landing wheels. All 1954 and 1955 Trucks have the pucj button type headlights made out of metal. The only difference between a 1955 truck and a 1954 truck and a rounded lip that extends away from the cab at the bottom of the doors on each side, the 1954 does not have this styling.

1955 Tonka Toys Jewel Tea Co Private label Semi truck and trailer

 
 

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