Ertl Company is an American toy manufacturer specializing in die-cast metal toys, plastic model kits, and other collectibles. The Ertl Company was founded in 1945 by Fred Ertl Sr. in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. a journeyman molder who was temporarily idled by a strike at his factory. Ertl began making toy tractors in the furnace of his home, using defective aluminum aircraft pistons that he melted down. In the late 1940s, Ertl began manufacturing toy replicas of farm equipment, such as tractors and other agricultural machinery. These toys gained popularity, and Ertl shifted its focus entirely to toy production.
The company's first boxed toy was a sand-cast tractor for Deere and Company, released in 1946 and during the 1950s and 1960s, Ertl became synonymous with farm toys. They produced a wide range of die-cast metal farm equipment replicas, including tractors, combines, and trailers. These toys were known more...
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