Home Hardware

The Home Hardware collection was probably the real instigator of the whole toy collecting mess. Although he was already a collector of various things (mugs, banks, generally old stuff and antiques), the toy mania really began to grow and expand with Home Hardware.

I admit it - I didn't help much by purchasing some of those myself as gifts for him. That was probably a mistake ... you see, these toys were not only collectible replicas of old vehicles, they were banks with a locking key. I liked the idea that he could display both a car/truck and a bank in just one piece. To me that meant less banks.

Unfortunately for me, it meant something entirely different to him ... just another type of bank to add to the bank collection he had already.  Even worse, these were trucks or cars so not only did the Home Hardware collection have vehicles that were banks, it grew to include things like metal tractor trailers (not banks); plastic tractor trailers (not banks); tiny toys like hot wheels - again, not banks.

That ignited about 30-odd years worth of toy collecting (the happy thing is that he mostly stopped collecting banks, mugs, and glasses).

Edit: Oct. 11, 2018

So finally I managed to get some of the Home Hardware collection photographed to upload. Most of what's on this page is from the first series. We've been trying figure out when he started collecting them, and he thinks it was 1978 or 1979, but we haven't been able to pin the actual year down yet. Still, in the Series 1 set, they issued one a year, and there are 12 of them in that series.

I don't know how many were issued in Series 2 (*update - The Toyman says there is only 5 in the second series) or Series 3 (apparently he says we have none of 3).

Since there are 12 images on this page, the Series 2 banks,  and other collectibles issued by Home Hardware that aren't truck-banks will be added on separate pages linked from the bottom of this page. I don't want to make the pages too long.

This is the first bank/truck issued in Series 1 from Home Hardware.
Series 1 - Issue #1

The second bank/truck issued in the collectibles, Series 1.
Series 1 - Issue #2

Home Hardware collectible banks, number 3 issued in Series 1.
Series 1 - Issue #3

Home Hardware collectible banks, this one is Series 1, No. 4.
Series 1 - Issue #4
Number 5 in Series 1 of the collectible banks issued by Home Hardware.
Series 1 - Issue #5

A delivery van is No. 6 in the Home Hardware bank/truck series.
Series 1 - Issue #6

The seventh truck issued in the first series of collectibles from Home Hardware.
Series 1 - Issue #7


Another "home of the handyman" bank issued by Home Hardware; this one is 8th in Series 1.
Series 1 - Issue #8


The ninth bank in Home Hardware's first series of truck bank collectibles.
Series 1 - Issue #9

This draft horse and wagon is number 10 in Home Hardware's collectibe banks.
Series 1 - Issue #10 (notice it's not a truck, but a horse and wagon!)
A new logo adorns number 11 in the first series of collectible banks from Home Hardware.
Series 1 - Issue #11
Number 12 in the Home Hardware collectibes from the first series.
Series 1 - Issue #12



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