1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Private Label Box Truck
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1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Private Label Box Truck
1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Private Label Box Truck
This truck was specifically ordered for the Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Chain of stores from the Minnesota Area. Thier motto was "The Best for Less" This is a terrific looking Box truck in the Red and Blue coloring similar to the  Star-Kist Box Van from the same year. It made sense Hardware Hank stores would have contacted Tonka for a private label truck because Tonka was based in Mound Minnesota at the same time. Other companis like Dunwell, Minnitoys, Smith MIller and Buddy L made Private label toys for businesses that desired them.
1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Private Label Box Truck
1954 was the first year for the Box Van. It was only shown in the 1954 Look Book as a "Star-Kist" Van Red and Blue. A few rare private label versions were made like this Hardware Hank Van.

1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Private Label Box Truck
This view shows the level of detail the toys were made with, note the beautiful Red and Blue paint and decal scheme
on this truck! It is a beauty.


1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Stores and Warehouses Private Label Box Truck
The rear doors on the Box Van opened up to allow for loading and unloading of neccessary daily cargo for the days imaginary delivery route.

1954 Tonka Hardware Hank Private Label Box Truck
Another exclusive by Tonka toys this beautiful scale model is constructed of heavy 20 gauge steel and has plated headlights grill and bumper tw0 rear doors enable the young operator to load in unload supplies. 14 1/2 inches long 7 1/4 inches high 5 1/4 inches wide.

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