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The Barr Rubber Company was not a giant like Auburn or Sun. We don't have a lot of information about the company or catalogs or even ads. They were known for toys other than rubber vehicles and in 1935 declared themselves to be "The World's Largest Manufacturer of Toy Balloons".
In late 1935, an ad appeared for Barr's new line of rubber '35 Ford cars and trucks. These were identical in appearance to the 1935 Fords being offerred by Auburn, Seiberling, and a no-name manufacturer (until they were turned over). The ad showed a 3-window coupe, a '35 slant-back sedan, a stake truck in both civilian and military colors and with single and dual rear wheels. The panel truck did double duty too, as a white ambulance and a commercial truck. Offered in red, green, blue, and yellow. The army truck is olive green and came with an arched fabric cover for soldiers riding in the back. The paint has usually not held up well over time. Though still quite attractive, it usually has faded considerably. When not faded, however, the vehicles look great. Kids seem to love writing on the sides of panel trucks.
The Barr toys rode on both black white rubber tires. The axles were split and run through openings for wheels in the undercarriage. They could be seen clearly from below and because of the split were easier to remove to replace tires. The axle ends were flattened and broad, and distinctively different from the other companies vehicles. They look much like a hub cap and when shiny are quite attractive.
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