Cleanup crew commemorates 100th anniversary of garbage truck
It was Monday morning.
I was going through the endless stack of mail on my desk and came across my Waste and Recycling News magazine). And lo and behold, what do I see? It’s the commemorative issue celebrating 100 years of the garbage truck.
Well, that’s right up my alley, I thought.
There have been a lot of stories about the garbage truck lately — stories about the front loaders, the rear loaders, and everything in between. (Read the Waste & Recycling News coverage here.)
Given that I surround myself in garbage on a daily basis (you probably know by now that it’s my passion and chosen profession), I couldn’t help but get a little sentimental. And I immediately realized: Hey, I have antique toy trucks just like these.
You can see in these photos that this is a vintage city sanitation toy truck, made by Louis Marx and Co. around 1940. It’s one of the first toys ever built that resembled a rear-loading garbage truck.
I found this truck years ago clearing out an estate in Queens. It’s been sitting on my shelf with the rest of my truck collection for a while. Articles like the one I read in Waste and Recycling News remind you of the stuff you have that you never think about it. It’s like rummaging through an old box in the attic or storage in the basement that’s been untouched for years.
Marx, the one who created this very toy truck, was an American toy manufacturer from 1919 to 1978. A 59-year run in the toy truck business isn’t bad. He was born in Brooklyn, so he’s a true New Yorker like me. He died in White Plains when he was 85, and he’s buried in a Bronx cemetery today.
What are the toys that you remember most as a kid? Let me know in the comments.
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