By Doug Campbell Note: This feature is in the August TT&C 2018 issue.
Note the duck logos on these three moving vans. In the 1950s, both Allied and Republic used a duck logo, which resulted in a legal dispute, and Allied dropped the use of ducks on its vans. The bottom model is the last Republic van logo design before it closed its doors. It still uses a duck logo in a more modern graphic design!
Three different Ralstoy gift sets. The front one was used exclusively by Fruehauf Trailers dealers for advertising, and the back two were used in the early 1950s Ralstoy retail toy line.
Top left is a 1950s Clark & Reid moving van from Boston, Mass., top right is a 1950s Ohio Fast Freight straight semi van, bottom left is a 1950s Olson Transportation Co. drop-bed style freight van, and bottom right is 1950s Watson Transportation Co. motor freight van with Watson logos on all four sides of the trailer van.
This early 1950s Ralstoy Paul Arpin Van Lines issue had rather fragile “dolly rests” cast under the trailer, a feature used for a limited time on 1950s Ralstoy vans. It is a rare model to find today!
Assorted Ralstoy trucks mounted by Ralstoy on wooden ash trays. These were made in small quantities for early advertising.
Early cabs had Mack truck logos. On the left was block lettering, and the right one has the early Mack script logo and early 1950s grille and headlight design.
Early 1950s Southern Transportation with a Mack cab, and a red Motor Cargo Inc. semi with a Ford cab and Fruehauf labels on the trailer. The Morehouse Truck Line model has a screened “reefer” on the trailer front and the Fernando Roque semi was used in a promotional program in South America.