VINTAGE ANTIQUE WOOD WWII 1944 ARMY TANK M5-1261 VERY RARE Wood Commodities Corp. THIS MODEL is believed to be a ANTIQUE WOOD WWII 1944 ARMY TANK M5-1261 and is VERY RARE made by Wood Commodities Corporation (1942 – 1946). Most of the references we could find about Wood Commodities Corporation was concerning their war jeeps, tanks, cannons, and other war toys. They also produced some unique wooden pull toys for the younger children. The Company became known for also making wood Jeeps, I found the following information on the internet. The time was 1944 – 1945. The Second World War was coming to an end. Toy manufacturers could see that at the end of the war a market for toys of all types would develop instantly and some wartime toys would become instantly obsolete. During the war manufacturers had focused on military contracting, and the production of toys of all kinds was curtailed significantly. Military toys were an exception to this but they tended to be quite small in scale and very simply made of cast pot metal or rubber. Large stamped sheet metal toys were not manufactured to any degree because of rationing of steel and rubber, and companies like Marx devoted their skills to producing military items. Of NY had gotten around this by manufacturing wooden jeeps during the war. They were large, durable and they found a market, but it was clear that once material became available for more realistic jeep toys, the wooden jeeps would become obsolete. My understanding is that the only toy vehicles made by NY Wood Commodities were military vehicles — I only have reference to one wooden tank and two wooden jeeps. They needed to be ready to change. This model is approx 10.25 long and is Very Good condition as seen in the pictures, they only thing i see missing is the string for pulling, there is a small piece still connected to the bottom and was made in 1944. When you move the toy across the floor the turret turns around, there is a peg on one of the wheels that turn the wheel that is connected to the turret. Pretty cool technology for wooden toys in the 1940’s. This is a must have for collectors and military and Tank enthusiasts. Please use the pictures for your own assessment and feel free to ask any questions or concerns before purchasing. Thank you for looking. We make every effort to point out wear or damage that is beyond normal. Been restoration, or if whatever information we have is accurate, let us know if you need something checked, and we welcome corrections if you see something is not right or not complete. Most of the items we sell are consigned and we may have little or no familiarity with them. Photos are as much a part of the description as the verbal information. So please look at them closely, if you do not see something do not assume it is included, it is not. If you need additional photos or have questions let us know. All items must be insured. The item “VINTAGE ANTIQUE WOOD WWII 1944 ARMY TANK M5-1261 VERY RARE Wood Commodities Corp” is in sale since Monday, April 17, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Transportation\Boats & Ships\Military\Models”. The seller is “estatesdirecttoyou” and is located in Webster, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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