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A.C. Williams
Ajax Plastics Corp.
All Nu Products Inc. - Faben Products Inc.
American Alloy - Toy Creation - American Lead & Novelty Co.
American Metal Toys
American Mint Corporation
American Soldier Co. - Eureka Metal Co.
Arcade Mfg. Co.
Argo
Auburn Rubber Corporation
Baldwin Mfg. Co.
Banner Toys
Barclay 1924 to 1934
Barclay 1935 and after  -  BAC to 107a
Barclay 1934 and after - B108 TO B218A
Barclay Podfoot
Barclay H.O. Railroad Figures
Barclay Midi Figures
Barclay Miscellaneous
Barclay Civilian & Military Vehicles
Bliss
Buddy L
Built-Rite
Cass
Champion Hardware Co.
Christies Metal Toy & Soldier Co.
Corcoran Metal Products / Cor-Cor
Cosmo Novelty Company
Courtland
Dale Model Company
Dayton Toy & Specialty Co.
Durrell Company / Trixytoy
Gem Clay Forming Co.
George Grampp
Greyklip Armies Uncle Sam's Defenders
Grey Iron Casting Co. LTD.
Grey Iron American Family Series
H.B.Toys - Helm Brothers Toys
Historical Miniatures
Holgate Brothers Toy Co.
Hubley Figurative Cast Iron
Hubley Military Vehicles, Equiptment & Guns
Ideal
J. Chein & Co.
James Miniatures
Jaymar Specialty Company
J.E. Stevens Co.
J.H. Miller Company
John Wright Co.
Jones - Metal Arts Minatures Co.
Kenton
Keystone Mfg. Co.
Kilgore
Kingsbury Mfg. Co.
Korean Grey Iron Reproductions
Liberty Playthings
Lincoln Logs - Noveltoy - Allied Toys
Lincoln Logs Sets
Loebel Widmann - Madein America
M & L Toy Co. Inc.
Manoil Pre WWII - M1 to M128
Manoil Happy Farm Series 1941  -  M129 to M169a
Manoil 1941 and after - MC1 to M224
Manoil My Ranch Corral Series
Manoil Cannons, Vehicles and Accessories
Marx 6 inch plastic figures
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Marx Miniature Playsets
Marx Playsets
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Marx Soldiers of Fortune
Marx Warriors of the World
Mattel
McLoughlin Bros.
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Metal Toy Soldier Co.
Midgetoy
Milo King Fort Ticonderoga Souvenir Toy Soldiers
Milton Bradley Co.
Miscellaneous Military Toys
Molded Products
Moss Mfg. Co.
Nifty Play Toys
Ny-Lint Tool & Mfg. Co.
Overbach
Parker Brothers
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Paul Paragine
Plastic Toys Inc.
Playwood Plastics - Transogram - Gold Medal
Pyro Plastics Inc.
Rich Toys Inc.
Remco
Renwal Manufacturing Company
Schieble Toy & Novelty Co.
Sell Rite Giftware
Sheila Inc.
Slik-Toys - Slikite
Smith-Miller
Soljertoy - Pearltoys
Steelcraft Mfg. Co.
Structo Toys
Sturditoy Corporation
The Conestoga Company
The Dent Hardware Co.
The Ohio Art Co.
The Sun Rubber Company
Theodore Hahn
Tip Top Toys
Toledo Metal Wheel Co.
Tommy Toy
Tonka Toys
Tootsietoy Military
Tru-Craft
Turner Toys
Unique Art Mfg. Co.
U.S. Toys - Ferdinand Gutmann & Co.
Victory Glass Inc. - J.H. Millstein Co.
Virginia Metalcrafters
Warren
Wellmade Doll Co.
William Feix
Wilton Products Inc.
Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co.
Wood Commodities Corp. / Commando Toys
W.S. Reed
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England
Mexico
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A.H.I.
B. Shackman Co.
C.K. / Perfection Lead Toys / BESTMAID
George Borgfeldt Corporation
K.T.
L.H. & C. / Long Craft
Minikin
Sonsco / ALPS
Trico / Esanbe
Y.K.
B.F. (Blancherie Freres)
C.L. (Charles Lanoy)
G.M. (Georges Munckle)
H.R. (Henri Roger)
J.F. / J.S.F.
Vertunni (Gustave Vertunni)
Contemporary Dimestore Companies 1976 to Present

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Buddy L

Founder: Fred Lundahl, named after son Buddy Lundahl

Location: Moline, Illinois

Circa: 1921

U.S.A. Buddy L Corporation, Clifton New Jersey 07012
Canada: Irwin Toy Limited, Toronto M6K 1X6
Made to Buddy L Specifications in Japan

One of the most successful lines of toy vehicles ever is Buddy L, introduced by Fred Lundahl and named for his son. The Moline Pressed Steel Company in Moline, Ill., began making the model vehicles in 1921 with the same heavy gauge steel that they used in the manufacturing of parts for automobiles and trucks. The immediate and soaring popularity of these sturdy and durable toys resulted in Moline Steel shifting exclusively to the models within a few years. Buddy L produced a wide variety of vehicles, from trains and construction equipment to delivery and emergency vehicles to Ford cars and trucks. All had moving parts, some had removable cargo, and a few were very elaborate, including features such as working hydraulics. The early vehicles averaged from 20 to 26 inches and were sturdy enough for a child to ride. This indoor/outdoor utility insured Buddy L a place in toy vehicle history. Before Buddy L, most toy vehicles were made of cast iron or wood, but Buddy Ls success with steel spawned competition. Companies such as Keystone, Kingsbury, Structo and Sturdy made heavy gauge vehicles, while Acme, A.C. Gilbert, Girard and Kingsbury produced lighter gauge versions. During World War II, the need for steel for the war effort meant finding other materials, so Buddy L produced wood vehicles during those years. After the war, vehicle size decreased and Buddy L experimented with plastics, but quickly returned to metal fabrication, although in lighter gauge materials. In the 1970s, the company was sold to a Japanese firm that began incorporating increasing amounts of plastics into the vehicles. Today, the models are made in China and are nearly all plastic.

All Values based on Mint condition only

Air Force Supply Truck, No.5518, blue canvas top - 1957 - $340.00 MIB

Air Force Truck, No.5577 - $200.00

Ambulance GMC Truck, Red Cross, No.5658-S - $260.00

Air Force Anti Aircraft GMC Truck with Electric Searchlight Trailer - $350.00 MIB

Airplane, Ride'em - $1000.00

Airways Corporation with 3 Bi-planes, pressed steel - $450.00

Army Ambulance Truck, pressed steel - 7 1/2 inches long - $16.00 MIB

Army Combat Car, with cannon, wooden - 14 inches long - $325.00 MIB

Army Combination set, No.5560, Supply Corps set - $400.00

Army Combination set, No.5561, Medical set - $500.00 to $550.00

Army Die Cast 5 Piece Playset, No.46419, Matchbox size, space shuttle, pickup, tank, amphibious vehicle, jeep - Circa 2004 - $15.00

Army Electric Searchlight truck, No.5545 - 1957 - $325.00

Army Jeep, Brute, No.4928, pressed steel - $15.00 MIB

Army Jeep, T-461H, pressed steel - $15.00 MIB

Army Jeep, Buddy L Wood Toys, olive - 9 inches long - $100.00

Army Half Track Mobile Artillery Unit and howitzer, No.409 or No.3409, pressed steel - $525.00 to $580.00 MIB

Army Searchlight Truck, No.5134, pressed steel - $45.00 MIB

Army set, No.5184, troop transport with howitzer, jeep, pressed steel with plastic soldiers - $35.00

Army set, Brute, No.4963B, helicopter, troop transport with top, jeep with howitzer, pressed steel - $40.00

Army set, Brute, No.4963C, helicopter, tank and troop transport with top, pressed steel - $25.00

Army set, Brute, helicopter, jeep, truck with lowboy, tank and troop transport, pressed steel - $35.00

Army Station Wagon, No.5308, marked "BUDDY L ARMY USA - 5308 201 BATTLE FORCE" on both sides, pressed steel - 15 inches long - $90.00

Army Signal Corps Truck - 12 inches long - 1941-1942 - $300.00

Army Supply Corps Truck, canvas top - $250.00

Army Supply Corps Truck, canvas top, pressed steel, wooden wheels - 12 inches long - $110.00

Army Supply Truck, with canvas top, No.342, wooden - $340.00

Army Tank, No.362, wooden - 13 inches long - Circa 1943 - $140.00 to $168.00

Army Tank, U.S.A. M5-1261, wooden - 10 1/2 inches long - $120.00

Army Tank Transport, No.605-1, pressed steel, Peterbuilt truck, lowboy and tank - 10 3/4 inches long - $25.00 MIB

Army Tank Transport Plane, with two tanks, pressed steel - 19 inches long, 27 inch wingspan - $515.00

Army Transport, with canvas top, wooden - 16 inches long - $140.00

Army Transport, with canvas top and trailer with canvas top - $475.00

Army Transport Truck with shooting howitzer, No.5733, canvas top, pressed steel - 27 inches long - $325.00 to $413.00 MIB

Army Transport with howitzer and Target, No.3733 changed to No.5733, canvas top, pressed steel - 28 1/2 inches long - $325.00 MIB

Army Transport truck, with canvas top, pressed steel - 19 1/2 inches long - $350.00

Army Troop Transport with howitzer, No.5415, plastic top, pressed steel frame and bed with plastic cab, plastic howitzer - $125.00 MIB

Army Truck, Buddy L Wood Toys, with canvas top, wooden - 13 inches long - $275.00

Army Truck, No.506 - 20 1/2 inches long - $250.00

Army Truck, No.4018 - 17 1/8 inches long - $325.00

Army Truck, with "ARMY" canvas top, wooden wheels - 16 1/2 inches long - $175.00

Army Truck, with canvas top, wooden - 16 inches long - $275.00

Army Truck, No.4082, with canvas top - 21 inches long - 1940 - $250.00

Army Truck with trailer, No.4088 - 34 1/2 inches long - $550.00

Catapult hanger with Bi-plane, pressed steel - $325.00

Desert Rats Colt Jeep, pressed steel - $150.00 to $250.00 MIB

Flying Fort B177, Bomber, wooden - $150.00

L.S.T. Landing Ship, with tank and troop transport, pressed steel - $45.00

Machine Gun, No.M101, pressed steel with plastic stock and grip - $80.00 MIB

Missle Launcher GMC Truck, Nike Defender Unit, pressed steel - $180.00

Signal Corps Unit - 24 inches long - 1957 - $350.00

Special Forces set, No.5278 H, troop transport with howitzer, jeep and plastic soldiers - $35.00

Tank, climbing sparkling, wind up, pressed steel, made in Hong Kong for Buddy L, Clifton, N.J. - 8 inches long - Circa 1975 - $15.00

Troop Transport, Brute, No.4939C, pressed steel - 5 inches long - Circa 1978 - $25.00

Troop Transport, No.5121, pressed steel with plastic soldiers - $15.00 MIB

U.S. Army Truck set, pressed steel, with large plastic soldiers - $550.00

U.S.A. Air Patrol, pressed steel - 7 1/2 inches long - 1985 - $25.00 MIB

Victory Jeep, wooden - 9 inches long - $125.00

Victory Jeep and cannon, wooden - $250.00

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