Vintage ERTL 1970’s Hydraulic Dump Toy Truck
Age: Approx. 40 Years Old
The Ertl Company is an American toy company best known for its die-cast metal alloy collectible replicas (or scale models) of farm equipment and vehicles. Fred Ertl Sr. started making toy tractors in the furnace of his home, in 1945.
He was a journeyman molder at a Dubuque firm that was temporarily idled by a strike. With a wife and five sons to support, he started taking defective aluminum aircraft pistons and melting them down. He poured this aluminum into sand molds, and started making toy tractors.
By 1946, the basement wasn't big enough, so the business moved to a 1,040 square foot building in Dubuque. By 1947 Ertl was incorporated and moved into a larger 11,000 square foot building. Mr. Ertl met with people at Deere & Company and was able to get approval to produce toy tractors with the John Deere name.
The first John Deere toy tractor produced was a Model "A". Ertl has been producing farm toy replicas since 1945. For over 60 years, the company has produced farm toys for industry brands such as: John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, and AGCO.