Toys of Yesterday and Today


Posted 8 years, 12 months ago at 4:47 pm. 7 comments



When you think of steam toys, you most commonly think of Germany.  This is where they were produced starting as early as 1859 – although you would be lucky to find one of these toys today – and even luckier  to find one from this period with any sort of manufacturer’s mark.


The uniqueness of these toys came from the fact that live steam power was used to activate and run them.  Toys such as large boats, sewing machines, engines, fire engines, cars, men at lathes or grinding wheels were steam generated by using actual fuel to create the steam thus driving the mechanism to move the engine.    These toys were more like miniatures of the actual item than what we would consider a toy today.  As such, they quickly became favored by adult collectors. 


Some of the more noted German manufactures – but sadly who are no longer in production –  were Arnold, Markline ,  Wesleco, Bing, Faluk, Wunderlich, Carrett, Doll, and Zschopau.  The American company Weeden located in Massachusettes began manufacturing steam toys in the late 1880’s and stopped production around 1940. 


Mamod in England began manufacturing steam powered toys in the early 1930’s continues manufacturing them through today. 



7 Replies

  1. i have a wilesco d 4 steam engine made in w. germany still in box u know of any one that wants to buy

  2. I don’t know of any individuals buying toys right now. If you want to try and sell it, visit the link below for some alternate ways to sell. Be sure you do research on value before you try to sell it.


  3. My cousin has an old steam tractor that we are trying to find more info on. Could you please tell me where I can get help identifying what it is?

  4. If you can send a picture – I’ll try to help identify it…. in your email please include any marks you can see along with measurements.


  5. Wayne Holmburg May 23rd 2012

    I am inquiring to know if there are any toy stores in the DFW area that actually carry any steam powered toys. I have searched but still haven’t found any.

  6. Hello –

    I don’t know of any stores in the DFW area – however they are available through Lilliput online at


    You may also want to check the website – http://www.toytent.com/


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