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1953 Our Own Hardware Private Label Tonka Toys Semi Truck and Trailer
1953 Our Own Hardware Private Label Tonka Toys Semi Truck and Trailer Passenger Side View

Own Own Hardware stores were created in 1949 in Minnesota. Our Own Hardware truck were prduced for several years and came with either dual axle rear wheels or single, this dual axle version is harder to find than the single version. It is a rare find to come across a vintage original 1953 Tonka Toys Truck this nice and Original.
The 1953 Tonka Toys Cab over design was unique in 1953 because the front grill had three vertical lines in the grill that were reduced in size to form an inverted "V" shape. The cab of this truck as all Tonka Cab overs were a clever design of a tabbed " upper" section that slid into a channel on the lower section forming the cab design. The bed of this truck was made of wood and these had held up surprisingly well. Later models of the semi trucks would be made with a pressed steel bed.

This front view shows the grill detail better, the light catches each pressed line in the grill shape. The 1953 Meier and Frank Graphics look stunning with the terrific Black and Green Sceme.
Our Own Hardware Private Label Tonka
This side shot really shows the beauty of these terrific toys trucks, it is no wonder they have become a popular item to collect.

 
1953 Our Own Hardware Private Label Tonka Toys Semi Truck and Trailer
From the original 1953 Look Book Catalog:
"A First in a Miniature scale model of America's most popular farm truck. Unusual appeal for both adult and child - Top rated Play value. Truck tires on plated steel wheels, full floating rear tandem axle on trailer. Locking stand wheels. L 22 1/2 H 9 1/4 W 6 1/4"
This is the beginning of a long line of semi trucks that were to be produced by Tonka Toys. From Private label semi trucks and trailer to Tonka branded transport trucks.

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