A 1960's mechanical Trumpton Climbing Fireman,produced by Louis Marx.
This is one of the very few fireman-related toys produced.
Which is pretty amazing really,when you consider just how popular they were.
And there wasn't even anything at all from the likes of Corgi or Dinky.
Which is all the more puzzling when you consider all the other vehicles they could've chosen from to make up a nice little Trumptonshire range. But there you go.
In fact the only stand-alone toy that featured all of the firemen together with their fire engine was a late-in-the-day effort produced by Bradgate (page here)
Anyhow,here's how this was described in the 1967 Louis Marx Trade Catalogue :-
" Ref.735. Trumpton Town Climbing Fireman.
Straight out of one of the best-loved children's tv features.
A delightful toy for the younger child,with its base gaily decorated with other
The solemn-faced fireman with his "golden" helmet,blue coat and black boots and his bright yellow ladder.
Wind him up and watch him climb.
Measures (fireman) 9.5" tall (ladder,fully extended) 22" high. Attractively boxed."
A few interesting choices of words in there :-
"features" -betraying the company's american roots.
"gaily" -from more innocent times.
"solemn-faced" -interesting choice of words for an upbeat bit of kids fun !
A lot of the examples I've seen actually have a silver coloured ladder rather than the "bright yellow" one mentioned on the box -like the one opposite.
And I presume some were simply manufactured like that rather than being the result of some subsequent cleaning.
And,just to muddy the waters further,there are also examples where the ladder is indeed yellow,but the fireman has a much lighter,pale blue jacket ( same box)
But toy collectors will be well aware that manufacturers often produced items in different colours without actually highlighting the fact on the packaging.Which seems somewhat bizarre,given that it presumably cost more to do and no-one would've been any the wiser.
And,in the world of Trumptonalia,the most obvious beneficiaries of such benevolence are the "pop and flop" toys (page here)