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Look Books were produced almost all years that Tonka Toys were produced. Their style, size and production numbers changed year by year.  These samll catalogs provied a wish list for Birthdays and Christmas's to come. They have become handy reference tools for Tonka Toy Collectors today. I have built this handy reference page that links to the detailed pages of the Look Book for each year they link to. I will be adding direct links from the pages of the look books to my examples of each toy.   I hope you find these pages useful, and If I can imrove these pages, please let me know.
1953
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1953
  1954
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1954
1953 Tonka Look Book
1954 Tonka Toys Look Book
1953 was the first year of the look book. The trcuks were all "Cab Over" trucks in the 1953 LookBook Catalog. It was a small "catalog" with only a few toys listed. There are 11 different models of toys in the catalog, but there werre other pirvate label Tonka Trucks made in 1953 which are not referenced.   This is the second year of the Tonka Look Book and the first to include a listing for a "set" of trucks. In 1953 a set was produced but only shown on hang tags that were included with some other trucks that year.
1955
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1955
  1956
Tonka Toys 1956 Look Book
Tonka Toys 1955 Look Book
1956 Tonka Toys Look Book
1955 Truck were basically the same as 1954 with a slight change found on the side of the door which now has a slight flip outward just under each door. 1954 truck as smooth all the way down the side of the truck.   1956 introduced clear plastic headlight ot the Tonka Toys lIne of "Round Fendered" trucks. The same trucks as 1955 with the only defference being the headlights. The front end would be used in 1957 Also.
1957
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1957
  1958
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1958
Tonka Toys 1957 Look Book
1958 Tonka Toys Look Book
One of the largest model year made. The 1957 series of truck are uniquely designed with a hood scoop. This is the only year that a hood scoop was used. Making identification very easy, the 1956 and 1957 truck are basically the same with the scoop being the difference.   This is the first year of the square fendered trucks for Tonka Toys. 1958 Trucks have 4 even lines in the top of the hood.
1959
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1959
1960
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1960
1959 Tonka Toys Look Book 1960 Tonka Toys Look Book
1959 Was a terrific year for Tonka Toys. The look Book or LookBook included 27 different models of Toka Toys and 10 dirrefernt boxed sets of trucks. The Tonka Fire department also saw a change to white trucks which were only produced in 1959.   1959 Was a terrific year for Tonka Toys. The look Book or LookBook included 27 different models of Toka Toys and 10 dirrefernt boxed sets of trucks. The Tonka Fire department also saw a change to white trucks which were only produced in 1959.
1961   1962
Tonka Toys Look Book lookbook Catalog Cover 1962
1962 Tonka Look Book
1959 Was a terrific year for Tonka Toys. The look Book or LookBook included 27 different models of Toka Toys and 10 dirrefernt boxed sets of trucks. The Tonka Fire department also saw a change to white trucks which were only produced in 1959.   1959 Was a terrific year for Tonka Toys. The look Book or LookBook included 27 different models of Toka Toys and 10 dirrefernt boxed sets of trucks. The Tonka Fire department also saw a change to white trucks which were only produced in 1959.
1963
Tonka Look Book Cover 1963
  1964
Tonka Toys 1964 Look Book
1963 Tonka Look Book 1964 Tonka Look Book
1959 Was a terrific year for Tonka Toys. The look Book or LookBook included 27 different models of Toka Toys and 10 dirrefernt boxed sets of trucks. The Tonka Fire department also saw a change to white trucks which were only produced in 1959.   1959 Was a terrific year for Tonka Toys. The look Book or LookBook included 27 different models of Toka Toys and 10 dirrefernt boxed sets of trucks. The Tonka Fire department also saw a change to white trucks which were only produced in 1959.
1965 Type I
Tonka Toys 1965 no. 1 Look Book
1965 Type II
Tonka Toys 1965 no.2  Look Book
1965 Tonka Look Book Type I 1965 Tonka Look Book Type II
 
 

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Wanted Tonka Trucks : I am currently looking for the following tonkas in the configurations noted these   Tonka's are harder to come by as they were not included in catalog sets, if you have toys like this please let me know I would love to have the opportunity to buy them from you and add them to my website.

Marshall Field Metro Van

G. Fox and Company   Semi

Red Owl   Semi

1953 Green Giant Utility

Gambles Dept. Store Pickup

Republic Van Lines   Semi

1955 Minute Maid Box Van

Gambles Dept. Store   Semi

Robin Hood Flour Box Van

1956 Minute Maid Box Van

Green Giant   Semi

Schenley Whiskey Box Van

1961 Green Giant Utility

Hardware Hank Stores Box Van

Standard Oil Tanker

Ace Hardware   Semi

Holsum Bakery Metro Van

Standard Wrecker

Allied Van Lines   Semi

Hormel   Semi

Star Kist Box Van Cyanamid Pickup

American Breeders Supply   Semi

Janney Semple Hill   Semi

Star Kist Utility 

B.F. Goodrich   Semi

Jewel Tea   Semi

Stix, Baer and Fuller Metro Van

Bond Bread Metro Van

Kroehler Furniture   Semi

Stix, Baer and Fuller   Semi

Bruce Floor Wax Box Van

Kroger Food Stores   Semi

Swanson Brothers Rikes   Semi

Carnation Metro Van

Marshall Field   Semi

Terminix Box Van

Coast to Coast Utility

Meier and Frank   Semi

Terminix Pickup with Topper

Cross Country Freight   Semi

Midwest Milk Metro Van

True Value Hardware Box Van

Doughboy Farm Stake

Minute Maid   Semi

U.S. Air Force   Semi

Eibert Coffee Metro Van

Morrell Meats   Semi

United Van Lines   Semi

Flavor Kist   Semi

Our Own Hardware   Semi

V-2000 Stores   Semi

Frederick and Nelson Metro Van

Penneys Jeep Wrecker

Western Auto Pickup

Frederick and Nelson   Semi

Railton   Semi

Wheaton Van Lines   Semi

G Fox and Company Metro Van

RCD Fast Freight   Semi

Wilson   Semi

Tonka Younkers   Semi - Let me know if you come across this one! I would like to buy a good example of any of these Tonka   Trucks but the Younkers is high on my list!