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With summer in full swing and the kids out and about playing  the Museum has chosen a toy from its collection for the artifact of the month, a Buddy “L” Dump Truck.

This toy was produced by a company that got its start making pressed steel parts for the farm and auto industry in the early 1900s, Moline Pressed Steel Company out of Illinois.

The origins of the toy line started when the owner, Fred Lundahl, took some scrap metal to make a model of one of the farming company’s trucks that he had an account with.   He gave this model to his son Arthur Bud also known as Buddy “L”.

As the economy shifted in the 1920s and the orders for the auto and farm industry slowed down, Lundahl decided to switch gears and make pressed steel toys full-time.

By 1923, there were over 70 000 toys being shipped out of the factory. These trucks, cars plans, trains and construction equipment were not your average toy, as they measured at least 40 cm in length. This was the case until the Great Depression and World War II. After the war ended the scale of the toys decreased.

The Buddy “L” Dump truck in the Museum Collection is from the late 1930s, early 1940s and it originally had battery operated headlights. It also has a hinged back to create an automatic dump mechanism and the tailgate opens.

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If you are looking for summer activities for your children or grandchildren, check out our Summer Programming page on our website. There are still spots available.

For more information on the history of toys and games, check out the online exhibit by the Canadian Museum of History

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Museum Strathroy-Caradoc opened to the public in 1972. As a community museum we strive to preserve and tell the story of Strathroy-Caradoc, and inspire residents to explore and understand the community around them.

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