Buddy L toys were originally manufactured by the Moline Pressed Steel Company, which was started by Fred A. Lundahl in 1910. The company originally manufactured automobile fenders and other stamped auto body parts for the automobile industry, instead of toy products. The company primarily supplied parts for the McCormick-Deering line of farm implements and the International Harvester Company for its trucks. Moline Pressed Steel did not begin manufacturing toys until 1921. Mr. Lundhal wanted to make something new, different, and durable for his son Arthur. He designed and produced an all-steel miniature truck, reportedly a model of an International Harvester truck made from 18- and 20-gauge steel which had been discarded to the company's scrap pile.
Buddy L made such products as toy cars, dump trucks, delivery vans, Buddy L fire engine, construction equipment, and Buddy L trains. Fred Lundahl used to manufacture for International Harvester trucks. He started by making a toy dump truck out of steel scraps for his son Buddy. Soon after, he started selling Buddy L "toys for boys", made of pressed steel. Buddy L International Harvester Truck Many were large enough for a child to straddle, propelling himself with his feet. Others were pull toys. A pioneer in the steel-toy field, Lundahl persuaded Marshall Field's and F. A. O. Schwarz to carry his line. He did very well until the Depression, then sold the company. Sturditoy Truck Value Buddy L Locomotive Buddy L Box Car
From 1976 to 1990, Buddy L was owned by Richard Keats, a well-known New York toy designer who went to work for Buddy L the day after he graduated from Brown University in 1948. By 1978 the company was located in Clifton, New Jersey. Free Buddy L Truck Value Guide
Buddy L Truck Value Pressed Steel Toys Auctions Buddy L Toys filed under bankruptcy protection. By 2010, Buddy L Toys was owned by Empire Industries of Boca Raton, Florida. 1929 Arcade Cast Iron Moving Van Antique Buddy L Trucks Always Buying Buddy L Trains
In the 1990s, Buddy L made Splatter Up, a wet version of T-ball.
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In November 2000, Empire of Carolina and its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Industries, Inc., filed for bankruptcy and, in July 2001 Vintage Pressed Steel Toys Wanted Buddy L Red Baby Wanted Contact Buddy L Museum. 1920's Buddy L Oil Truck Buddy L Wrecker Buddy L Flivver One Ton Express Truck