John M. Dean is a collector of diecast toy vehicles in Colorado. Hehas a large collection of toys dating back to the fifties and earlier,and in 1999 displayed some of the Jeeps from his collection here.
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According to John, "This is a Marx (I think) pressed steel model of a Navy Jeep with search light trailer. This is a Tonka sized toy from the early 50's. I don't think the Jeep and the trailer match -- the wheels are not the same."
This photo shows a 1/24 recognition model made by Dale of Chicago duringWWII. John says, "The red vinyl Jeep is also military one, from Tomte inNorway. It's a copy of something probably because most Tomte toyswere. I can't recognize what this is a copy of though.
"The smallestJeep is a Siku made in Germany (see a closer photo). Siku made plastic toys until the early60's when they switched to die cast. I have a 61 Chrysler Windsor and a Mercedes Benz 190 in plastic, and I have a 63 Olds 98 in metal, so I suspectthe switch was in there somewhere."
"This is another Siku -- a US Mail Jeep. The specs on the bottom say its topspeed is 123/kph and the engine is a 4 cyl 2674 ccm.
"Here are three rare models of the Jeep station wagon. The smallest ofthe three is a 1/43 by Gasquy of Belgium that must be from about 1951going by the age of the Studebaker that I have by the same firm.
"The middle one is by Mercury, the Italian die cast company (see a closer photo). The man I got itfrom said he got it at the Jeep dealer so it's a promo.
"The largest of the three station wagons is an incorrect repaint of atrue dealer promo. It was originally a dull red with the chrome andwindows masked off to make a chrome finish. I'm just guessing here butin Banthrico Banks--who made promos of US cars in the late 40's into themid-50's--a red or a blue one meant that it was distributed through someother outlet like a bank. The dealer promos were painted the actualcolors of the cars." -- John Dean
One of John's more recent finds is a knock-off (apparently made inChina) of the Matchbox MB. In addition to the ambulance markings, asignificant feature not found on any of the Matchbox versions is a spare tiremounted on the left side. See also a larger front view photo (38KJPEG).
Thanks to John for sending the photos. -- Derek Redmond
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