I was watching an episode of American Pickers and saw a toy truck from the 1940s. It was a red and green dump truck made by the Wyandotte Toy Co. It made me think of a time in the early 1940s, before WWII and the rationing of steel and gasoline.
My brothers and I were lucky enough to receive assorted brightly colored steel trucks for Christmas, stamped with the Wyandotte Toy Co. logo. At this young age we thought they came from the North Pole, as advised by our parents. Little did we know they came from north Wyandotte. Growing up Downriver I realized I knew little about this company so I did a little research.
For a time in the 1930s, Wyandotte became an adjunct to Santa’s North Pole workshop. The Wyandotte Toy Co., a.k.a. All Metal Products, developed a large line of steel stamped toys such as airplanes, automobiles, trucks and other assorted toys. They became the second largest toy company in the United States, operating from two plants located at the north end of Wyandotte. [Read more…]