Fire truck:Buddy "L" | Lil Brute Fire Truck

Moline Pressed Steel Co.1977

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

Made by the Moline Pressed Steel Company of East Moline, Illinois, Buddy L cars, trucks, and other vehicles could withstand whatever punishment a youngster might inflict. In fact, the toys made of heavy-gauge steel could carry the weight of an adult. In the 1910s, the Moline company had produced full-sized car and truck fenders; when it began producing toys, it used the same materials and methods of construction for its toys as it had used for the full-sized auto parts. Within a few years of introducing the Buddy L line of toys, the Moline company stopped production on car parts altogether and concentrated exclusively on making playthings. By 1930 Buddy L vehicles used a lighter steel; and during the years of the 1940s when the war effort took the country's available metal, the company produced toy cars and trucks made of wood. Though Buddy L vehicles of the mid-20th century and after are smaller and made with more plastic than the models from the 1920s and 1930s, the toys remain in production to this day.


  • Title: Fire truck:Buddy "L" | Lil Brute Fire Truck
  • Creator: Moline Pressed Steel Co.
  • Date Created: 1977
  • Location: East Moline, IL
  • Subject Keywords: land transportation, fire
  • Type: Transportation Toys
  • Medium: metal, rubber, plastic
  • Object ID: 112.38990
  • Credit Line: Gift of James A. Cameron III

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