Charles William Doepke (born 1911) ran a small one employee metal stamping business in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio doing small jobs for larger manufacturers in the late 1930’s.

WW2

During World War II, the business grew quickly with contracts from the US Government for metal ammunition cartridge containers and tank track pins. After the war ended, Charles was looking for new products. Inspired by the post war construction boom, particularly the many heavy construction vehicles building new roads and a Buddy L toy, Charles (as President overseeing tooling, manufacturing and product development along with his brother Frederick Doepke (as Vice President overseeing marketing, shipping and advertising) conceived 'Model Toys'. Model Toys was moved to a new plant in Rossmoyne, a suburb northeast of Cincinnati, the Rossmoyne Fire Department would later be the name on the Model Toys LaFrance Ladder (Model Toys #2008 & #2014), Pumper (Model Toys #2010) and Searchlight (Model Toys #2023) trucks. In 1946, the first model, the Woolridge Dump Truck (Model Toys #2000) was built in 1/16 scale. During the late 1940’s and early 1950’s “Model Toys” saw tremendous growth, during this time the company also produced Nestier (totes) and Nebel (metal lathes) non-toy products to diversify its income.

1950s

In the mid-1950s, toys were increasingly being made of plastic and metal toy sales such as the “Model Toys” line were staring to wane. In 1955/56, Doepke acquired the Gaston Manufacturing Company (Raymond Gaston, with his wood block toy experience would come to work for Doepke), producer of the Changeable Charlie and Bozo the Clown wooden puzzles, and started producing a line of wooden toys aimed at the pre-school age.

End of an era

In 1959, faced with increasing competition from plastic toys, experiencing production issues and unable to create the same details with wood as they were with metal, the company went bankrupt and dissolved.

Doepke value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Doepke price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

Doepke forum (17 comments)

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Kelley - November 18, 2018

I have reason to believe that Doepke also made wooden doll furniture for larger 8" to 10" dolls in the mid to late 50s. I have a vinyl covered sofa and chair in turquoise, white and gold...very 50s!Can you verify?
►reply: Yep, Doepke also made wooden toys, as you can read here. At this moment there is a Doepke dollhouse bed for sale on eBay for a whopping 350 USD...!

Jedf - November 12, 2018

Need front wheel and tire assembly for Doepke fire truck. Any suggestions as to where to look?
►reply: Find an old one for parts or go to one of the part links mentioned in the older comments.

Jeffrey - October 28, 2018

Need parts for fire engine, in particular the running boards, also have one for sale.
►reply: Always a challenge to find parts :-) Please take a look at the other comments on my webpage, I think I've mentioned a few sites which might have parts. Good luck!

Elizabeth - October 2, 2018

1957 Doepke Screwball Sam Wooden toy worth with and without box
►reply: Last month one was sold on eBay for 75 USD, with box.

Joe - May 12, 2017

how to remove wheels from axle on a 1949 crane? I don't want to damage the hubs.
►reply: Hi Joe, I can't help, but maybe you can ask here.

Clyde - June 24, 2015

I have an orange Doepke Adams Diesel Grader, but I'm not sure what year it was made. I was wondering if there was some way to determine which year or model it is.
►reply: Hi Clyde! Maybe you can ask this collector, he might be able to help you: Scott's Construction Models.

Jeff - December 29, 2014

I am looking for Doepke laddertruck parts. I need the black seat, pedelstal redlight, bell, ladders and inside ladder on big ladder.
►reply: Here is a website with Doepke parts, here more Doepke parts

Ron - May 22, 2014

I am searching for rubber tracks for the Doepke Caterpillar Model D6. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Rick - January 12, 2014

I am looking for a Boom, pins, hook, and clamshell bucket for a Doepke unit crane trying to restore my crane I had as a boy in the fifties thanks
►reply: You might try your luck on this Doepke parts & repair website.

Robert - January 30, 2013

I am looking for a radiator assembly and dash decals.Thank you
►reply: From Doepke? Try this: Doepke MT or Doepke decals.

Rose - June 4, 2012

i have a doepke usa block map it is 6 wooden blocks 1" x1" x12" you turn each boock to view 4 different maps of the u.s.a. states capitols and loc., wikd animals and where they're found, industry agriculture and activities, rivers mountains and lakes. I'd like to know the year of origin and what its worth it's in good shape on 3 sides, but 1 side has part of map missing. thanks
►reply: No idea, I'm sorry... only found this info.

Kathy - November 17, 2011

I found this cool old fire truck in someones trash. I would like to know more about it, it's a littl ruff, but not bad.It has Good Year tires, a water tank, missing the hose but it still pumps water. Only one ladder,the bell, one headlight missing. Some little boy played alot. Hope you can help me. Thanks
►reply: Maybe you can ask and send a pic to this Doepke site for help.

Okdavid - June 26, 2011

Found 'em! Purchased from www.thomastoysantiquetoyparts.com for a reasonable price. They are beautifully done, a perfect fit, and come with very thin "sticky-tape" already attached to the underside. Highly recommended!
►reply: Thanks for the tip!

Okdavid - June 18, 2011

I just recently purchased a 2014 aerial ladder truck (to re-live the one I got for Christmas in 1953!). Is there a source for the aluminum running board covers (mine is missing all four). Thanks.
►reply: Difficult, but you can try and search regularly on this website for a: Doepke Fire Truck and see if one day an old one shows up for not too much which you can use for parts.

Fred - October 27, 2010

A friend has a Adams Motor Grader by Doepke and is wondering what the value is. Few scratches but otherwise in great shape.
►reply: Search for doepke motor grader and you might get an impression.

Jimmy - September 4, 2010

I have inherited a red Doepke MG. How can I tell what year it was manufactured? Were all sold in kits or were some assembled?

Larry - August 19, 2010

In 1949 my dad gave me an MG steel model. I still have it and it is in perfect condition. NO BOX!!! Can you give me some idea what it is worth?
►reply: If you search for 'doepke mg' you might get an impression.