With the recent 3.5+” of rain, we’ve had a little water finding new places to creep into our basement. One of the few things that got a little soggy, was the Nylint fire truck that I’ve had since the late 1970s, still in its original box. While I’m airing it out, I thought this would be a good time to photograph it.
The Nylint Corporation was formed in 1937 by Bernard Klint in Rockford, Illinois. Initially a manufacturer of kitchen utensils, Nylint prospered during WWII by shifting manufacturing to anti-aircraft magazines and torpedo components. After the war, Nylint took advantage of their modern metal-stamping facilities to create pressed-steel toys. One of Nylint’s first toys, called the “Amazing Car,” was based on the real Chrysler Airflow and featured a wind up motor. During the 1950s, Nylint began to make toys modeled after heavy construction equipment. Over the years, Nylint created a mix of trucks, some based on real vehicles and others of a more stylized nature. But in the late 1970s, Nylint began to make realistic versions of trucks using actual corporate logos which were geared for the collectible market. Nylon continued to make pressed-metal toys until the company’s demise in 2001.