Once again, I am sitting here on the floor in the balcony surrounded by toys. There are trucks, buses, cabs, dolls, board games, models, and a plethora of play things all around me. There is tin, cast iron, spelter, wood, cardboard, and even plastic. I’m searching for my inspiration for this week’s pick. An owl turns its head intently watching to see if I have any coins to donate. A Spirit of St. Louis airplane banks hard to the left to avoid the zeppelin as it swoops in for a better look. A tribe of Native American Indians sends smoke signals to the other side of the room to let others know of my activity. Three tin racers zoom past, not even braking to navigate around Noah’s animals lined up two by two. A passenger train pulls up next to the station, the weary travelers leaning out the window trying to get a better view. A fire truck pulls up the lights flashing, the siren blaring as a fireman scurries up the ladder. All wanting to know who or what is going to be the lucky chosen one. This week I went for a cast iron car. Not just any car, but a cast iron Hubley Studebaker coupe. A sleek streamlined version which epitomizes the 1930’s. Its nickel-plated grill with protruding headlights ready to streak around winding back country roads. While Hubley sent millions of toys to children all over the world, this is one that you do not see come across the auction block very often. So, check out lot 1496 in the August 15th toy auction at Pook and Pook Auction in Downingtown and see if you can find something to add to your collection.
by: Jamie Shearer