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161to195mm
Friday, 10 January 2020 00:55

HIHRA OY VW BUS

In the early 1950's it was not allowed in Finland to import non-essential goods from abroad and spend valuable foreign currency on it to pay for it. Therefore many foreign toys were produced in Finland by Finnish companies using moulds from foreign toy brands. Unclear is whether it was with the consent of these companies. Hihra Oy, based in Turku, Finland, was a metal sheet products produc...

Published in HIHRA OY
Monday, 06 January 2020 16:05

NORTH STATE TOBACCO CONSTRUCTION SPLIT VW

North State, a brand of British American Tobacco, was founded in 1931 and is a cigarette which was equipped with a shorter filter compared to many other cigarette brands. The cigarette was mainly sold in Finland but was also sold in Denmark, the Netherlands, Nazi Germany, West Germany, Switzerland and the United States. Jokingly, the brand is usually called "Chauffeur Tobacco" (see the driver o...

Monday, 06 January 2020 16:00

NORTH STATE TOBACCO PAPER SPLIT VW

North State, a brand of British American Tobacco, was founded in 1931 and is a cigarette which was equipped with a shorter filter compared to many other cigarette brands. The cigarette was mainly sold in Finland but was also sold in Denmark, the Netherlands, Nazi Germany, West Germany, Switzerland and the United States. Jokingly, the brand is usually called "Chauffeur Tobacco" (see the driver o...

Sunday, 04 November 2018 20:43

PMC LOWLIGHT KARMANN GHIA VW

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, PMCs main rivals in promotional vehicle models were Banthrico, National Products, AMT, SMP, and Jo-Han. PMC's vehicle products were called "Tru Miniatures". PMC introduced its first models about 1947, around the same time as Ideal Models, which later changed its name to Jo-Han. Though Banthrico and the similar National Products models were metal, PMC, along wi...

Sunday, 06 September 2015 21:16

LAMO LEKER VW BUS

A VW Bus that is made of tin lithograph and is basically a licensed copy of the German GÖSO VW Bus model. This VW Bus was produced by LAMO ( Larsen og Mortensen ), Stavanger, Norway in 1956.

After WWII there were very strict import regulations in Norway (1945-1960). The country was poor and you were not normally allowed to export currency. The only exception was if imported goods could...

Published in LAMO LEKER
Thursday, 19 June 2014 22:56

REVELL VW BUS V2

The REVELL Company, located in Venice, California, was founded by Lewis Glaser in 1943 as a plastics molding firm called PRECISION SPECIALTIES, eventually branching into plastic toys. The name REVELL came from the French word “reveille,” meaning “new beginning.” In the early 1950s, REVELL offered its first unassembled plastic hobby kits, which helped kick off the model building cr...

Published in REVELL
Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:21

PN - PHILIP NIEDERMEIER VW BUS (?)

There has been a debate about this PN (Philip Neidermeier) bus toy for many years. People collect it as a VW Bus as it has the typical ‘nose’ look. None of these PN tin toys have a VW logo so like all of the little cheap penny toys – they were inspired by cars of the time, but they did not take it too seriously to make a detailed model of a particular car.

Sunday, 04 May 2014 18:48

GAY TOYS VW BUS V2

GAY TOYS Inc. was founded in 1962 in Walled Lake, Michigan, USA. They produced cheap toys for Dime Stores. In 1987 they changed their name into American Plastic Toys Inc.

In the 1960’s GAY TOYS produced 2 versions of a VW T1 Bus. V1 is a red Ambulance or a Blue Camper. V2 is a cheaper version of V1. It doesn't feature open side doors, nor the specific interior of the V1 versions....

Published in GAY TOYS
Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:43

MEIWA KOGYO - MKK VW BUS

MEIWA KOGYO Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan, is the manufacturer and used a diamond shaped logo with MKK in the center. 

The MKK VW Bus is nicely detailed with a tin body made of four main panels. The sides and roof are all one piece, then a nose panel, rear panel and chassis. Other  parts that complete this toy are a chrome windshield surround, a tin openi...

Published in MEIWA KOGYO - MKK
Saturday, 18 January 2014 18:46

UNKNOWN VW BUS PAPER 01

A cardboard smooth gate single VW Pickup Bus with advertising design of AMSTEL BIER, measuring 170 mm when built (like a box). The card board itself measures 365 mm x 270 mm. No mentioning of the manufacturer. There are assembly instructions in Dutch in the lower corner of the card board sheet.

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Published in UNKNOWN BS PAPER 00-05
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