I have created this website to celebrate the history of MetalCraft toys. I have a huge photo museum of many MetalCraft toys. Some of the toys I have shown here are extremely hard to come by.
If you have MetalCraft toys you would like to sell, lease let me know. I buy individual toys or collections of terrific toys like these I have shown on my website. You can call me at 208-914-5729 or email me.
MetalCraft toys have been created with some of the best graphics out there. Examples like this Sunshine Biscuits show the terrific history represented in the graphics that were popular in the 30's and 40's.
Here is a classic representation of a commonly seen truck in the 1930's The Bunte Candies Company was the fifth largest candy company in the US at one point, and was located originally in Chicago but later located to Oklahoma City.
Here is a Sunshine Biscuits Bakery Box truck, this truck also includes the name of the Loose Wiles Biscuit Company. This is a terrific Bright Yellow Box truck with the Beautiful Sunshine Biscuits Graphics.
The later versions of the sweetheart grills with working headlight have wonderful Deco styling to the trucks that make them hard to resist!
MetalCraft Toys were produced from 1920 until the early 1940's. The company was founded by Mr. G. Carlton Hosch, who intended to produce and sell good quality toys that provided good healthy play value for the children who owned them. Within 2 years of production their success required MetalCraft to relocate to a larger building 20,000 square feet, which was located on Clayton avenue in St. Louis. Early toys were considered to be "Play-ons", but the business model changed in 1927 to the line of smaller pressed steel toy trucks like the ones I have featured on my website.
MetalCraft followed the American Public's fascination with Charles Lindbergh's flight Across the Atlantic in 1927 and began a line a toy airplane kits that could make many different models of airplanes. The largest set which was produced in 1928 could actually produce 250 different Airplane models. There were over half a million of these airplane sets produced in 1928!
I have been busy building this site with a huge collection of photographs to celebrate the history of one of America's Terrific Toy Manufacturers. If you have additional information you would like me to add, please let me know. - Ray
I want to give my friend, Scot Barnhill a special THANK YOU! for all your contributions to miking this website, I could not have been able to build it without your help. - Ray