There are so many things my parents saved for me... for when I had a family of my own but few that I appreciate more than some treasured toys.
"On November 23, 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated. The logo at this time was an oval, showing the Tonka Toys name in red above waves, presumably honoring nearby Lake Minnetonka." -
The label above I've read they began using about 1974.
You'd never guess that the same kid who has a vast collection of black dolls, many of which were custom made, would also be so attached to her Tonka Trucks, but I was. I remember the Tonka Headquarters well since we used to take our canoe out & go fishing in the lake right across the street.
Luckily my parents carefully stored away my treasured trucks & handed them over finally when we moved into our home 5 1/2 years ago where we had plenty of room to store them until we started our family.
It was many years before we would have our son & a few years after that before I would let our son play with Mom's metal trucks.
I would put them up high on the shelves where Munchkin couldn't reach & then after I'd go upstairs my husband would take down the trucks for our son to play with.
Tonka T-6 bulldozer 2300 Pressed Steel Truck
After a while I just gave in & took them down whenever Munchkin asked to play with them.
"1965 - 1972: A Mighty Age - the Mighty series grew to epic proportions over these years by adding the Mighty Clam, Crane, Shovel, Scraper, Car Carrier, Bulldozer, Wrecker, Hydraulic Dump, Roller, Bottom Dump, Mixer, Loadmaster and Grader."
I always insist that Munchkin treat the trucks with care & respect the way I did as a child. Hopefully they will last another 25-30 years or so until I'm a grandmother & can share them with our grandchildren.
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