Toy Steam Shovel


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.”

Date Made: 1926

Maker: Moline Pressed Steel Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, East Moline

See more items in: Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering, America on the Move, Transportation


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Bequest of Edith R. Meggers

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ER.314637.12614Accession Number: 314637Catalog Number: 314637.12614

Object Name: Toy Steam Shovel

Physical Description: steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13 3/4 in x 20 5/8 in x 9 in; 34.925 cm x 52.3875 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_1115814

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