The Moline Pressed Steel Company of East Moline, Illinois made this Buddy “L” Steam Shovel toy around 1926. Buddy “L” toys were named after the son of the owner of the company, Fred Lundahl. The company first made auto and truck parts, and then branched out into making hardy toys with moving parts. The company also made toy cars, dump trucks, delivery vans, fire engines, and construction equipment. The manufacturer marketed the toys to boys, claiming “They appeal to boys because they really work.”
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