Wyandotte toys was founded in the fall of 1921 in Michigan. The company emphasized the use of mass production techniques and cheap raw materials, such as scrap metal from the auto industry, to manufacture high quality tin toys. During their first decade in business, they focused mainly on producing toy pistols and rifles.
Their slogan for that time was 'Every Boy Wants a Pop Gun'.
By 1929, they were the world's largest manufacturer of toy guns. At that point they decided to stop producing air rifles, but continued with the rest of their diversified line of toy guns which included pop guns, clicker pistols, water pistols, dart guns and pistols, cap guns, and a variety of plastic pistols.
Near the end of their first decade in business, the company decided it was time to reinvent themselves. By diversifying their product lines to include a handful of girls toys including doll buggies, musical toys, games, and wagons, as well as adding a wide range of cars, trucks, and planes, they were able to greatly expand their consumer base. This was a move which helped them to become even more famous. At this point, they decided to change their slogan to 'Wyandotte Toys are Good and Safe'.
Their simply built, streamlined, art deco steel cars and trucks were unmistakable. Through the years they built heavier gauge steel cars, distinguished by their baked enamel finish, and wooden wheels, they were designed to withstand the rigors of almost any young child's endless playing, as evidenced by the condition of the many Wyandotte toys treasured by today's collectors. Tin cars produced by the company are more rare and very few exist today. Things were developing nicely for the company, and it continued to grow. In 1936, they added lithographed novelty toys. In 1937, they introduced spring-driven motors to propel some of their vehicles. This in turn led to a wider range of wind-up and lever-action novelty toys.
Then came World War II, and things changed. Because of the shortage of steel for manufacturing, the company turned to producing toys out of wood and die-cut cardboard, in a 'build-your-own' play set format. They also contributed greatly to the war effort by producing clips for the M-1 rifle. After the war, the company moved to Piqua, Ohio. In another attempt to diversify, the company bought Hafner trains, a company that manufactured clockwork toy trains. In 1948, they began producing die-cast and hard-molded plastic toys, in order to compete in the dime store and bargain basement markets.
The 1950's brought on a new set of challenges for the company. Steel shortages and high labor costs made it difficult to compete in a rapidly changing marketplace. No longer able to adapt, the company went bankrupt in 1956.
See also All Metal Products Company.
Jack - January 18, 2015
Looking for a photo of wyandotte toy factory building at sycamore and 12th. St. Wyandotte mi.
Kelly - June 15, 2014
I have a All Metal Products air rifle, lever action with the Pat. dates of June 30,1914 and Aug 14, 1923.This toy gun belonged to my uncle who passed away at age 9 in 1929. This gun is marked 50-1000 shot. Any info and its possible value would be appreciated.
Nena Seiler - April 13, 2014
i have a tin chicken (hen) about 7 inches tall. at one time it laid eggs. there's a square hole in top of head...where the eggs went in? can you give any info/date/value, etc. thanks so much?
►reply: No idea, but if you search on Google images for (click): wyandotte tin toy chicken you'll come across some pages which might have some answers.
Shelli - April 1, 2014
I have just found a wyandotte water pistol no 16, can you give me an age and do you have any pictures?? I also have the box which is in excellent condition. Thanks
►reply: I dont't have pics, but found some on Google images.
Corey - March 30, 2014
I have a wyandotte metal water pistol. I would like to know more about it. Do you know anything about the water pistols?
►reply: Not really, have you tried Google images: Wyandotte water pistols.
Janelle - August 16, 2013
I have a wyandotte toy farm truck. I would to find out more information on it, because I cannot find anything like it on the internet. can i email you a picture of it.
Joe - March 12, 2013
Please help, I was given a All- Metal Products rifle. Its about 35 inches long, all black with a wooden butt. It is a pump action with a bore about the size of a nichol.Operates well and in good shape. Where can I get info on this gun. Thanks.
Alfredo - July 19, 2012
I came into posesion of a gun/cannon of some sort. Says Wyandotte Mich USA/All METAL PROD CO/PAT APP FORIts red with a black base and black cannon. Has three wooden legs to it and a crank in the back as a machine gun. Have not been able to find it anywhere in antiques nor on line. Any help identifying it would be appreciated.
►reply: I think I found your cannon through Google images (click). Maybe these sites can give your more info.
Steven Gossett - June 18, 2012
I have a bell pistol still rings I think my mother mave have made it or not she worked there for a while I also lived their for 20 years anybody know how much it could be
►reply: Depends on with model. If it is model nr. 10 around 40 bucks, depending on state and demand.
C. Wilson - February 1, 2012
The WYANDOTTE 51 Cadillac Model/Toy ... What Kind Of PLASTIC Was This Made Of ??? Your Help Is Much Appreciated About This
Edie Kearns - January 7, 2012
I have an old metal play revolver with a patent #2106100, can you give me any details on this. thank you
Gail Streng - November 27, 2011
I have found a signed Wyandotte gun that stand on 3 wooden legs a red barrel with a turn handle an a black barrel. It is all original. You turn the crank and it shoots corks. When was this made and going price. Thank you
►reply: You might try an expert like www.nicholascapguns.com to get an answer to your question.
Jimmy - November 15, 2011
can you tell me about wind up three legged toy machine gun circa wwI
►reply: Maybe you can try this website to get some info.
John Stallknecht - October 8, 2011
I have a 1950's Wyandotte semi truck and trailer and am missing the headlisght and grill assemsblies. I have a picture of the truck. Can you help me or refer me to someone who might? thanks
►reply: This website has some Wyandotte parts for sale.
Pink - September 15, 2011
does aonyoe have ani info on a White Midical Corps 'truck'...have one and appears there may be something missing from the inside of the bed of the unit..there are 4 slots front to back and a 1/4" hole behind that..am wondering if anyone has this item and would part with it..?
Jane - September 8, 2011
I do estate sales for people and I ran across a old wyandotte toys water pistol I am wondering about the year it was made and what it is worth today. Thank You
David Ziegler - July 22, 2011
I was wondering which truck that they had designed the semi trucks after and why they put the full front fenders on the semi trucks?
Roland - November 20, 2010
i am restoring a wyandotte rocket ship. It is missing the landing gear. do you have or know where I could get one?
►reply: Best is to contact some toy repair shops, for example www.randystoyshop.com, they also repair toys and make parts.
R. Bosch - November 12, 2010
Do you have prop for a Wyandotte 18" airplane?
►reply: I'm afraid I can't help you with your prop, however there are some for sale and you find them by searching for 'wyandotte propellors'.
Steven Antonelli - August 29, 2010
I Have a 1930s Wyandotte 11 inch ambulance in extremely Original Near Mint Condition. I am Looking for some information on this item in regards to its history and value. I have included some picture so you can see the item. I have not seen one quite like it before. Thank you for your time. Sincerely,