Tootsietoys

Also called Tootsies. Famous for their miniature die-cast cars, trains, and planes. The company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1890s by Charles O. and Samuel Dowst.

By the early 1920s the name 'tootsie' was being used but the brand name Tootsietoy (named after Dowst granddaughter, Toots) was introduced and registered as a trade mark in 1924 when Dowst started a line of doll furniture.

In 1926 Tootsietoy merged with Cosmo Mfg., acquired Strombeck-Becker toy line in 1961 and made a name change as Strombecker Corp.

Updated: 5 November 2019

Tootsietoy value and price guide

What's your Tootsietoy worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
tootsietoy funnies series w box ko gump mullinns uncle Tootsietoy Funnies Series W Box Ko Gump Mullinns Uncle 07/2021 $2 500.00
d39 nice1930 s tootsietoy aerial defence military box D39 Nice1930 S Tootsietoy Aerial Defence Military Box 07/2021 $495.00
tootsietoy car rare 6015 green lincoln zephyr mfg 1937 Tootsietoy Car Rare 6015 Green Lincoln Zephyr Mfg 1937 08/2021 $355.00
4 buck rogers tootsietoy spaceships 1 original box 4 Buck Rogers Tootsietoy Spaceships 1 Original Box 07/2021 $240.01
rare tootsietoy 720 usn fly n giro airplane 3 long usa Rare Tootsietoy 720 Usn Fly N Giro Airplane 3 Long Usa 07/2021 $260.55
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Comments (5)
Bruce - June 25, 2018
Hi, I was given a pre-war Tootsietoy 5200 Motor Cars Set with box, insert and all but 2 cars and the airplane, last year. I would like to collect the 2 cars and the airplane that are missing, but I cannot find this set anywhere on line or on ebay. It is not the post-war 5200 set, but the pre-war set with "Dowst" emblazoned on the front of the box. Any ideas on how I can find a shot of the inside of the box so I can see what I have to collect? I really appreciate any help you can afford me, and thank you for all you do in helping Tootsietoy collectors
Hi, did you try the links in the description? You never know :)
Nancy - March 26, 2018
hi. my father recently died and part of his estate includes a large collection of vintage tootsie toy cars as well as other makes. i need assistance in cataloguing, appraising and selling the collection. ideas on who can provide this service would be appreciated.
I'm sorry for your loss. You can take a look at these Google results for specialists, or look on eBay at sold listings (see link in the description) to see if you have a few of the more valuable models.
Richard - April 27, 2015
I have a 40 ford two door blue color,is it worth anything
No idea, I suggest looking on ebay for your model to see what sellers ask.
Jill - November 13, 2011
i have a blue(worn) tootsietoy jaguar XK 140 chicago 24 USA...was wondering how old it is?
Probably early 1960's
Ray - September 22, 2010
I just found a pair of horse and driver motorized for a track. The box said Dowst manufacturing? I would like to know what I have.