Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Red Tractor

My father's Depression-era tin airplane was such a hit last week, I thought I'd share you another one of his childhood toys. This red tractor was very well-loved; it still has dirt embedded in the tires!
The large rear tires are labeled AP Grade Balloon, 1800x24. At some point in the tractor's history someone painted the inside of the front tires blue, but it has chipped off. One of the tires falls off, but since we just display it, we haven't bothered to fix it. Sometimes repairing vintage items lowers their value. It's pretty heavy, probably made of cast iron. I think the best thing about the tractor is the farmer driving it, who is part of the mold.
When I see these old toys that my dad actually played with, I picture him in the backyard at his Aunt Gertie's house in Windsor Locks, CT. I never knew the house where he grew up, but I was often at Gertie's as a young child, so that's where I picture him. She lived alone in the family's Victorian farmhouse until she was in her 80s. Her house looked almost exactly like this one. In the back there was a lot of grass and an old carriage house. I can just picture him sitting in the grass and playing trucks, the only boy, while his sister and girl cousins did something girly. Many of my antique and vintage items came from this house, including my huge collection of pink Depression glass.
For more memories and nifty items, visit Suzanne @ ColoradoLady, our Vintage Thingies Thursday hostess. Suzanne is known for her family of dachshunds and has a whole bunch she is sharing this week!
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14 comments:

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a special treasure. We have my fathers marbles that he played with as a child. There are some things you just cannot put a price on and one of them is memories!!!

LV said...

Worldly treasures are nice, but nothing more precious than memories. Something that no one can take from you. I enjoyed your family history today.

Pam said...

That is so great that you have some of his toys. Wonder who thought the tires should be blue. Cute story.

P. said...

That's a great vintage toy. Are those tires wooden? It's in good shape for its era, I think.

Buttercup said...

I can't believe I am seeing Windsor Locks. We had friends and cousins who lived there. Thanks for some happy memories. Hope you are doing well.

Miri said...

This is just wonderful...beautiful toy and beautiful memories.

Postcardy said...

I love your tractor. The farmer makes it extra special.

Coloradolady said...

Oh, a red tractor!!! I just love the fact that your family kept all of these things, that is not the case so often!! Vintage toys are really a hot item these days, I would imagine this would be too! Have a great VTT!

ewenique said...

How precious that you have your Father's tractor! Happy VTT
Margaret

Maureen said...

I love old toys. I posted about them this week too. I suspect you have quite the cache of them!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

How wonderful your family still has that, that's real treasure.

Happy VTT,
Sally

Vonlipi said...

Thank you for keeping all those treasures and sharing them with us.

The tractor is in great shape! :)

Anna said...

This is so great. I have some of my dad's childhood books and I really treasure them, as well.

Lisa said...

I love the mini toy tractor.