This week I head back into the toy box. As I dig around I found a great selection of pressed steel including Tonka, Chein and Structo toys, a lot of which were not left outside in the dirt pile like mine were. They even saved the original boxes! I see a lot of fire related toys, friction cars, many of which are copies of the real thing just like mom and dad had. I move the dolls aside, Lil Abner’s band is in there making a ruckus, a frog leaps out of the way and a beetle scurries off. As I get closer to the bottom I find my pick of the week! Lot #1223, a Marx pressed steel sedan pulling a Lonesome Pine travel trailer. Its bright red color draws me in and reminds me of one of my passions which is camping with family and friends, making memories sitting by a campfire telling stories, some true and some not quite, that smell of burning wood, which will forever trigger me thinking of these wonderful times. Obviously people collect things that they can relate to and what better way to stand aback looking at shelves filled with things that make you smile. I imagine there are some great toy collections centered around travel trailers. I can imagine the collector standing back and just smiling as no words need to be said. I look at my job like that every day with a smile in my heart…although maybe not today! I am going camping!
by: Jamie Shearer