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Tonka Jet

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A bright red/white/black/silver steel private jet toy with ‘Tonka’ on wings & fuselage, ‘Learjet’ & logo on black plastic tail section, in original package with ‘Tonka GATES LEARJET/…’, model number 924, by Tonka Toys, Mound, MN, 1979.

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Football Game

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

An All-Star Vibrating Electric Football game board with goal posts, a magnetic ball, a spring kicker, 22 player figures, an instruction sheet, and original box. Manufactured by Gotham Pressed Steel Corporation, New York, circa 1950-1960.

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Hot Wheels Toy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

A custom finished “Pillsbury” Hot Wheels Dairy Delivery toy truck made in 1999.

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Tonka Truck

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

A toy truck manufactured by Tonka Toys of Mound, Minnesota during the 1950s. Pickup truck with a removable camper topper, known as the ‘Sportsman’ model.

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Lucy Doll

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

A vinyl Lucy “The World’s No. 1 Fuss Budget” doll from the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Minneapolis cartoonist Charles Schulz. Manufactured by Hungerford Plastics, circa 1958, and sold by United Feature Syndicate, which held the licensing rights to the comic strip from October 2, 1950 until February 26, 2011.

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Toy Hardware Store

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A “My Merry Hardware Store” that includes Scott’s grass seed, watering can, shovel, Soilax household cleaner, scrub brush, Windex, sponge, broom, paint roller, ruler and Scotch sandpaper. Copyright 1959 Merry Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Charlie Brown

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

A vinyl “Good Ole Charlie Brown” doll from the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Minneapolis cartoonist Charles Schulz. Manufactured by Hungerford Plastics, circa 1958, and sold by United Feature Syndicate, which held the licensing rights to the comic strip from October 2, 1950 until February 26, 2011.

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Green Giant Doll

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A preprinted cloth “Green Giant” doll. Circa 1963-1967.

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Dick Tracy Car

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A tin windup toy version of the police squad car seen in the Dick Tracy comic strip. Lithographed images of Dick Tracy and other police officers decorate the car’s windows. Of the four wheels, three appear to have been made of wood, and one of rubber (the friction/traction wheel). The front grille, lights, and bumper are made from a separate piece of pressed tin. Manufactured by the Louis F. Marx Company between 1949 and 1960.

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Hot Wheels

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Limited edition Hot Wheels (by Mattel) toy car with a Malt-O-Meal logo printed on the side of car. Produced for the Northfield, MN company anniversary in 1994.

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