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by Richard Mueller

Buddy L
Salem, Mass
1910 - to present


1910 - 1913 - Moline Pressed Steel
1944 - Buddy L Wood Products
1930 - Buddy L Manufacturing
To date - Buddy L Corp

Founded by Fred Lundahl and named after his son, toy production began in the 1920s by The Moline Pressed Steel Co. of Moline, Ill.

The name was changed in the 1930s to Buddy L Manufacturing Co. Original toys were made with steel, however, during WWII they began to make toys out of wood like other companies had to do.
Jolly Joe's Popsicle Truck
1945
17.5"L

Jolly Joe's Popsicle Truck Back Label
1945

Pure Ice Truck
c. 1940
16"L

Truck
Estimated 1949
12.5"L x 4"H x 3.75"W
$90 - $120

Bobby Tow Truck
19"L x 5.8"H x 5.6"W
$90 - $120

Buddy L - Army Combat Car
25"L x 8.5"H x 4.5W
E1943
$175-$250

Buddy L - Army Engineers Truck
12.5"L x 6"H x 5"W
E1943
$175-$250

Buddy L - Pure Ice Truck
16"L x 4.4"H x 4.4"W
E1944
$175 - $250

Buddy L - Pure Ice Truck
16"L x 4.4"H x 4.4"W
E1944
$175 - $250

Buddy L - Red Army Truck
16.5"L x 2.3"H x 5"W
E1944
$175 - $250

Buddy L - Ladder Truck
22"L x 4.6"H x 4.5"W
E1944
$175 - 250
       

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1938 Advertisement
Pg 38 Playthings Magazine
1948 Advertisement
Billy & Ruth Catalog, Pg. 36

1949 Advertisement
Billy & Ruth Catalog, Pg. 36

1950 Advertisement
Billy & Ruth Catalog, Pg. 35

1951 Advertisement
Billy & Ruth Catalog, Pg. 33

1955 Advertisement
Billy & Ruth Catalog, Pg. 20