The Tootsie Toy Company is an American toy manufacturer known for its model cars.
The Tootsie Toy Company prides itself in being "America's Oldest Company". In the late 1800s, the company had its fortune in manufacturing metallic buttons, pins, charms, cuff links, and other similar items. Miniatures of cars, boats, and train engines were already produced by the company in the first decade of the 20th Century but the company's actual shift into the toy manufacturing industry began when it produced its line of die cast cars in 1911. The first Tootsie Toy was a limousine followed by a Ford Model T in 1915. Then a year later, the company came up with a pick up truck.
The name Tootsie became a household name by the 1920s and "Tootsietoys" was subsequently used as the brand name for the toys. The brand appeared on the packaging and catalogs from 1925 while the toys themselves didn't have the markings until 1926 or 1927. The name was taken from one of the founders' granddaughters named "Toots".
The toy factory is in Chicago and was also located earlier in Rockford, Illinois. It continues to make wooden toy blocks, homemaking sets, and metallic toys such as soldiers and vehicles. The brand is currently owned by J. Lloyd International, Inc., an Iowa, USA based toy manufacturer.
Guide for Collectors
Many of the toys manufactured by the Tootsie Toy Company would have the Tootsietoy name on the underside of the toy. If the box is still intact, the Tootsietoy insignia would appear on the upper left side of the packaging.
If these suggestions have left the collector with little clue as to the identity of the toy in question, then going to a professional antique toy dealer may prove more useful. Tootsietoy markings didn't appear until the mid-20s and unmarked Tootsietoy castings continued to be made even after the 1930s. Because of this, it would be greatly beneficial for inexperienced toy collectors to seek professional help when authenticating a particular piece that interests them.
Notable Auction Sales
The highest price paid for a Tootsietoy item was $ 3,250 for a Lincoln Zephyr auto pulling a roamer trailer home. The item was offered by Bertoia Auctions and sold on November 18, 2005.
A playset of planes and helicopters called Speedy Aeroplanes follows next at $ 2,800 when it was sold on October 28, 2007 by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers.
An Andy Gump set of six toys comes in third when it was sold for $ 2,300 on June 3, 2006. The playset which was offered for auction by the RSL Auction Company included Andy Gump, Motorcycle and Side Car, Police Patrol, Ko Ice Truck, 354 Roadster, and Mamie Boat.
The fourth placer is a Trailer Truck that came with a box and seemed to be in “unused” condition. It was sold at $ 1,700 when it was sold on December 8, 2006 through Morphy Auctions.
In fifth place is a car and truck set that sold for $ 1,600. Morphy Auctions offered the set that included a stakeback truck, a US mail delivery truck, a fireladder truck, and a blue-and—orange automobile.
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