Vintage Die-Cast Hubley Toys, 1930's - $100 (Markham)

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Excellent addition to a collector of vintage die-cast Hubley toys. For sale are three toys produced at the Hubley works in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.
They are:
• Vintage 1930’s Hubley Crash Car Motorcycle bike
• Vintage 1930's Hubley Cast Iron Airplane
• Vintage 1930’s Hubley cast iron car

They were, designed by John Hubley, cast in sand molds in two parts which were then screwed together to form the toy and cold painted.
No damage is visible except for missing some paint which would be normal for ~100 year old toys handled by kids over the years.

Asking price: $100.00 each or $250.00 for the lot

About Hubley Toys: The Hubley Manufacturing Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, one of the oldest and largest makers of toys in the United States, was founded in 1894 by John E. Hubley to manufacture equipment and accessories for electric trains. Financial difficulties forced the owner to sell the entire stock in 1909. At this time the electric train business was discontinued and the cast iron toy business started. Among the first toys produced were a coal range, circus wagons and mechanical banks, all collector’s items today.
Included in the Hubley plant were a die-cast room, warehouse, tool room, paint room and all the special assembly machinery.
During World War II, scarcity of metal forced the company out of the toy business and into war-related items. After the Korean conflict ended the cast iron toy production resumed.
Following common manufacturing methods of the time, Hubley toys of the 1890’s, and for a time thereafter, were cast in sand molds in two parts which were then riveted together to form the toy. All toys were designed by John Hubley, who had remained deeply interested in children’s playthings since the time he first made his own children’s wooden toys.
In 1936 Hubley started casting in multiple cavity steel dies. Die castings were broken off, trimmed, and tumbled in revolving cylindrical machines. They were then taken to the paint department where they were given baked enamel or lacquer, air-dried paint finishes in various colors. At one time, a dozen girls were employed in the paint department. Portions of the earlier toys were hand painted and some were dipped.
Each different toy was started on its own moving assembly line where parts were added, details sprayed on, oiling and inspection took place and the assembly completed. For example, a fire engine took shape on one line. It started as a red chassis. The rubber-tired wheels were added, followed by the spraying on of the radiator, bumpers and headlights. The driver was added, and the ladder, fire axes and other accessories followed. Near the end of the line, the toy was individually boxed and packed in a corrugated container. In 1949, due to union disputes, the foundry was closed. This was a difficult decision for the firm, since Hubley was one of the first companies to devote their entire factory to die casting.
The Hubley Company maintained a designing department where ideas were conceived and developed for model forms. Design engineers kept up-to-date on the models and style changes by attending automobile shows and studying advertisements. Their designs changed when the larger counterparts changed. After items were conceived and models developed, the toys were analyzed for pricing. The more play features a model had, the more expensive it was.
Hubley is now a division of Gabriel Industries, Inc. of New York City and is still making die-cast metal vehicles.

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