In the late 19th century, lightweight tinplate toys from Europe, particularly Germany, dominated the U.S. market. American manufacturers responded with heavy cast iron. Factories and foundries in the Northeastern United States had long been manufacturing cast iron household items, farm tools, and military equipment. Cast iron toys quickly caught on.
They were more durable and affordable than tin, and as the automobile became an essential part of American society in the early 20th century, more and more children wanted toy versions of these machines. Finished cast iron model cars usually had a few simple moving parts, such as rolling wheels or hinged doors, but later models incorporated realistic features like rubber tires or working lights into their designs.
Unlike other shows about antiques and valuable items, American Pickers deals with more of the Americana and everyday items you might find in an old attic or garage. Out of all the clips we’ve seen, the following has to be one of our favorites. Frank is obsessed with trying to buy a vintage, iron toy truck, but can’t come to a deal with the owner. We love how the owner stands strong, and how Frank won’t give up.
At the end of the video, Frank decides to accept the deal that the owner of the antique toy puts forth. In this instance, he paid $90 to purchase the iron vehicle and place it in his own collection.
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