Artifact Recovery Specialist, Bob Howard, joins us in the studio to show us his Tootsietoy find in this edition of Hidden Treasures in CNY.  

Bob tells us "after WWII the factories that were making ammunition for the military were looking for something else to make to keep employees working. That's when they started making Tootsietoys...They were very well made. The tires are still intact after all these years.'"

According to Wikipedia: Tootsietoy is a manufacturer of die cast toy cars and other toy vehicles which were originally based in Chicago, Illinois. Though the Tootsietoy name has been used since the 1920s, the company's origins date from about 1890. An enduring marque, Toys with the Tootsietoy name were consistently popular from the 1930s through the 1990s.

They were very well made. The tires are still intact after all these years.

By the early 1920s the name 'tootsie' was being used as a brand name and "Tootsietoy" was registered as a trade mark in 1924... Tootsietoy made metal prizes for Cracker Jack boxes, and this success in the 1930s may also lead to Dowst providing cast pieces for the game Monopoly. The company also produced a large assortment of die-cast dollhouse furniture.
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