TootsieToy has been around since the early 1900s making beautifully crafted children’s toys under the name Dowst Manufacturing Co. Like most toy companies during the Great Depression, they began to produce smaller, more affordable toys that could be bought at a five-and-dime shop. During that time, Dowst made a wide range of miniature toys, but what they are probably best known for are their small, die-cast toy cars.
The very first car produced by TootsieToy was the Limousine, followed shortly thereafter by the Model T Ford. Over the next ten years the company continued to produce beautiful die-cast model cars in different shapes and sizes. Almost all of the cars were named after real brands and closely followed the form and details of each.
The name “Tootsie Toys” was originally used for a line of die-cast doll furniture produced in 1922. The set was inspired by and named after one of Dowst’s granddaughters. The name proved to be popular, and the company eventually took over the moniker for its corporate name. Although they continued to produce doll furniture and other miniature die-cast toys, TootsieToy’s primary focus became the little cars and trucks that were becoming increasingly popular by the year.
Since the very early models, TootsieToys rolled out consistently stunning die-cast toy vehicles. What makes these cars great for collecting is the sturdy build and make of each toy. The cars are made out of zinc and white-metal alloys that were melted and poured into molds. Some of these toys have lasted over a century and with a bit of TLC and careful handling, you can keep collecting, trading and enjoying these little model cars for years. This is what makes these model cars perfect for both the avid TootsieToy fan and the first-time collector.
Although the TootsieToy Company is still around today, their production of die-cast cars ended in the 1960s when they switched to plastic. During their run, TootsieToy produced hundreds of different models of cars and trucks ranging from high-end luxury vehicles to industrial fire trucks and school buses. It makes for a really great collecting experience as there are so many different versions of each vehicle that are available in great colors and models. It’s likely that you will run into other avid collectors who have more than one model and are willing to swap for a car you have, so be sure to keep your eyes open for special deals to be had.