By Larry LeMasters
Detail of part of Don Walter’s collection.
Don Walter standing next to a Corgi showcase that highlights some of his die-cast fire engines.
Buddy L No. 205-D International water tower truck, circa 1929.
Showcase with some of Don Walter’s emergency response models and toys, including two Structo Fire Department emergency patrol trucks.
Two Louis J. Marx toy prototypes from Marx factory.
Three Jeep fire trucks—Smokey Bear Forest Fire Truck, Al-Toy promo truck and Japanese-made tin truck with fire fighters.
The Hubley engine on the left is a cast iron Ahrens Fox, and the handcrafted wood replica engine on the right is an Ahrens Fox Quad Apparatus (the original from which this model was built is still in service at Highland Hose Company in Tarentum, Penn.).
A showcase holding some of Don Walter’s die-cast fire engines.
Another showcase full of fire engines, hats and ladder trucks from Don Walter’s collection.
Don Walter, holding a Fireman’s Fund hat and standing in front of one of his display cabinets.