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Information about a Russian tin ambulance toy?

Asked by manuel_alarcon (251 points ) June 29th, 2011

Hi again! I’ve bought a little Russian ambulance tin car toy, and it looks really special; I know it must have a very interesting history behind. Here’s the picture of the toy: http://flic.kr/p/9XudBS

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KateTheGreat's avatar

Growing up in Russia, I did see a few hand-me-down’s from my family that looked like this. I’d say it was made in the 60’s or somewhere around there.

I can’t really tell you much more about it. It’s not really rare or anything. I saw a lot of similar toys when I was growing up.

manuel_alarcon's avatar

thanks! so… it is a common toy then? i mean, the kind of toy that remains for several years without change,... i think, like you say, that the original design is from the 60’s, but it may be manufactured recently… oh, :( but its a beautiful toy… nonetheless, i’m happy, because i feel like i have a little piece of history in my hand

woodcutter's avatar

Anything written on it somewhere, labels?

KateTheGreat's avatar

It’s pretty common. It’s a pretty cool toy to have, though. I can definitely tell you it’s from the Cold War era, so that’s pretty cool to know! I’m just dating it around the 60’s or 70’s based on the toys that I played with when I lived in Russia. The designs looked very similar to the one on yours.

It’d definitely very interesting though!

manuel_alarcon's avatar

:D I’ll post more pictures of the toy on Flickr

SpatzieLover's avatar

Does it work with friction? My guess is about $10USD on ebay.

manuel_alarcon's avatar

@KatetheGreat looking for this toy, i found a very similar one on Shutterstock: http://tinyurl.com/6z74ou8

@SpatzieLover no, it doesnt. it just,... roll

SpatzieLover's avatar

Then a little less..$7–8USD

manuel_alarcon's avatar

oh,... but i still think its a nice toy.

SpatzieLover's avatar

I like it too. I have an affinity for tin cars ;)

manuel_alarcon's avatar

yes! i was looking around in this sale and suddendly i spotted it… grab it and bought it. not even an army could have stopped me from buying it.

woodcutter's avatar

Metal toys are so retro. I think Russia will be the last country to stop using steel and go to all plastic things. Metal things last longer which is almost a non starter in today’s mass production. My old Ford pick up is all steel I mean ALL of it and I joke it is my Soviet inspired vehicle…no frills, no extra crap to fail. If you want heat there is a knob that says “HEAT”. There’s no red and blue controls to adjust it precisely you just get HEAT. It’s as if it was designed for me.

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