Vintage Londontoy Train Locomotive
This is a early Londontoy train which is Made in Canada This die cast beauty is probably from the 1940s as it still has the pressed paper wheels (rare because they are typically damaged) Inside is marked Londontoy. Made in Canada. T1
Londontoy history “London” refers to London, Ontario. Webster Brothers Ltd. of London produced diecast toy cars, buses, trucks, and a Hawker Hurricane airplane (aeroplane?) from the 1940s until about 1950. The smaller vehicles measured about 3 inches and had open bottoms like Tootsietoys. The larger vehicles measured 5-6 inches and had closed bottoms.
They look like Tootsietoys but they aren’t.
Oddly, Webster Bros. used pressed paper wheels for a time, which didn’t hold up to rough play very well. Later they switched to wooden, rubber, or metal wheels.
Unlike in the United States, Canada produced toys during World War II. Webster Bros. painted its vehicles green and put military markings on them to make them into military-themed toys.
Londontoys had simple paint jobs. But unlike Tootsietoys, Londontoys often sported decals. Some also had wind-up motors.
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