Comparing a toy made seventy-four years ago, the Auburn Rubber Company Cord, with the real thing (pictured below is the '37 owned by Cord's founder) is more than a challenge. But I think this toy is up to it. I certainly think the other toy cars in our comparison are up to it as well: A Hot Wheels, a Matchbox, a Micro Machines, and a Signature. There is even a '70s competitor by Garrett Sales, who made a great "Cord" look-alike. So, enjoy the photos of the original, and then I hope you will enjoy our little contest.
I have enjoyed typing since my teens, when I enlisted into military service and was taught as part of my training. Over the years I came to enjoy anything with a keyboard, from typewriters to teletypewriters and, of course, the computer.
I discovered toy typewriters not long after I discovered Ebay, the world's garage sale. I found a little Simplex that piqued my curiosity, then a Marx, then ... well, you get the idea. Early on it became obvious I would have to limit the collection somehow so I decided, for the most part, to restrict it to toy typewriters made in the United States before Japan took over the market. The Japanese products were very good and eventually became both attractive and reasonably functional. But there would be far too little room to include them.
In the coming months, I hope to provide readers useful information for making basic decisions about collecting rubber toy vehicles. Please check back regularly as I will be material frequently. I will be grateful for any feedback and happy to answer any of your questions.
Like most of you, I have a limited amount of space for collecting anything because the everyday accumulation of 27 years of marriage fills up most of the free space in one's life, both the space inside your heads where you have been carefully building a life together with the one you love, and outside, where you have your family, your home, your work to occupy you.
I have never met Larry Seiber, but I know a lot about him. Sadly, all I have learned has come too late to say "Thanks for your wonderful collection, for the help you have given others who shared your interest in the finest toys, and for your support of rubber toy car and truck collectors." Larry passed away in December of 2008 at age 69, far too young.
Toy collectors are special people. Being new to collecting rubber toy vehicles, I have not met many of these folks, and know of only a few – most through the inclusion of photos from their collections in Dave Leopard’s “Rubber Toy Vehicles” book.
For the new collector of rubber toys, defining the parameters of your collection early is important. It helps keep you focused. It saves you money. It just makes things more simple when you can look at a table covered with toys and see at a glance that there is nothing you need.
This is the first of what I hope will be many entries in an ongoing series about rubber toy vehicles. Not only will there be new entries, but all chapters will be expanded and/or revised as needed over time. I hope you will check back regularly for updates. As always, feedback will be greatly appreciated, and I will try to answer questions as quickly as possible!
Perhaps you are a seasoned toy collector. Maybe you have never collected toys but have just purchased a metal car or truck that brings back great memories from your childhood. Whatever your experience or interest in toys, if you have never seen the beautiful rubber vehicles produced in the United States between 1935 and the early 1950s you are missing quite a treat. This blog is intended to introduce you to the world of rubber toy vehicles. Later entries will explore rubber toy makers' histories in greater detail and include many more photographs. Most of my collection can be seen at www.mellow60s.com, and your visit and comments will be very welcome. Now, onward!
In 1935, The Auburn Rubber Corporation of Auburn, Indiana made bold to create a new world of toys in the home town of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles. Certainly the neighborhood provided plenty of inspiration, and from the company's beginning may have set the bar for the quality of its toys.