Friday, December 5, 2014

Thomas Toys #T-140 Loudspeaker / Sound Truck

We've got another Nifty '50s  toy truck tonight, the Thomas Toys #T-140 Loudspeaker Truck. Waaay back before the Internet, before the Web, before personal computers (about, oh, a million years or so ago) some advertising was done through the use of loudspeaker trucks also called sound trucks. Fire and police departments used them to announce emergency situations, and political candidates blared out their messages with them and they're still used in many countries for disseminating political messages. I don't know when they were first used but the photo below shows one early (and large) loudspeaker truck:

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Political campaign sound truck 1940

Courtesy Wikipedia

Our Thomas version has condition issues - the rear speaker is broken off, but otherwise is a good example and measures  3 7/8" (9.8cm) L x 1 1/4" (3.2cm) W x 1 3/4" (4.4cm) H Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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