By Shannon Sikora
As another York comes and goes, I always wonder what I might find staring me in the face as I wander through the halls on Friday and Saturday. I keep my eyes focused for something unusual and strange as I have been collecting factory errors and oddball cars for over 15 years. I don’t know what it is but I love having the out of the ordinary items in my collection. I have found many factory errors and production samples in my time of collecting but the car I most enjoy is the LTI “Farm Fresh Milk” on one side and the other side “Bossys’ Bio-Degradable By-Products LTD”.
I first found this unusual car on one of my many trips to York. How did this car leave the Lionel’s factory in the first place? Was it really a proto-type for two different cars intended for the Lionel product line? While we have stated what the question is, it is also anyone’s guess what the answers may be.
First we will talk about what I would consider to be “Side A”, which is “Farm Fresh Milk”. On the bottom right side is small print that reads “Door to Door Dirty Dairy Delivery Co.” The lettering is black, painted on a white painted shell. There are two off-center yellow doors that open and a lady milking a cow on a brown platform.
“Side B” is Bossys’ Bio-Degradable By Products LTD. Consistently, this side also has black lettering painted onto a white painted shell and another set of off-center yellow doors. As the doors open we see a guy with a well barrel with what should supposedly be bio-degradable products. The car has a green and yellow speckled roof and die-cast sprung trucks.
When I first looked over the car at York, I wondered if it was real or a fake. The seller gave me a great deal of information on the car, so I came to the conclusion that it was in fact authentic.
My next decision was to decide if it was worthy to be added to my collection. It is sometimes difficult to come to this type of conclusion. There are times that you just need to go with your gut feeling, and this fell into the “must have” category, so I decided to buy this gem whether it was real or not.
I think that this is why most of us head out to York twice a year looking to add to our collections that we all have been working on for so many years.
I hope you all enjoy the pictures of this fine car and any question I would be more then happy to answer them for you.