I was cleaning out my son’s closet this week to see what new clothes he’ll need for school and I ran across these old cars that I had brought home from my Mom’s house a few years ago. Most of them were my older brothers’ toys.
This blue car also says Hubley, Lancaster, PA, Made in USA, 401 on the bottom. My best guess would be a Lincoln sedan. OK, my husband’s best guess was a Lincoln sedan, my best guess would have been “a blue car”.
This is my very own Pink Tonka Jeep Surrey from my childhood!
Tonka manufactured this in 1962. Now considering girls in my hometown were not allowed to wear pants to school until 1968, I’m sure it was sort of radical that Tonka was producing a traditional boy toy marketed toward girls at that time.
I used to call this my Barbie Jeep, but as you can see it’s not really the correct size for a Barbie. Well, I couldn’t find any Barbies in the house, so I had to use a G.I. Joe look alike to show you the scale.
Now, I started out saying I had decided to display these in my son’s room and I loved the chippy paint on them. But when I was handling these and flipping them over to see what they said on the bottom just now, I looked down into my lap and there were little flakes of different colored paint on me.
I’ve since started twitching and foaming at the mouth (kidding), so now I’m going to box them back up until I can research if they have lead paint on them and if so, what I need to do to keep the paint where it is. This isn’t something that my son would ever play with anyhow, but we still have to be careful don’t we?