June 29, 2013
Two brothers, 13-year-old Josh Bacon and 6-year-old Jared Bacon will display their Hess toy trucks and vehicles at the Back Mountain Memorial Library in July. Josh is an eighth-grade student at Lake Lehman Junior High School and Jared is a second-grade student at Ross Elementary School.
Josh began collecting the toys when he was almost 3 years old. Jared joined him a few years ago. The boys’ grandfather, Robert Smith, of Sweet Valley, started collecting Hess toys in 1985 and wanted to pass on what he had acquired to both grandsons.
The Hess Company began manufacturing toy models of its trucks in 1964 and these toys are known for their quality, attention to detail and value.
Josh enjoys the trucks and vehicles because of “all this stuff they do, flashing lights, sirens and actions” that imitate the real-life vehicle. Jared added, “The noise and the lights make people see them.”
Jared’s favorite vehicle is the emergency truck and rescue vehicle. Josh likes them all and said, “It’s hard to choose my favorite.” Little brother Joel summed up his feelings on the toys with, “Wheeee! Wheeee! Wheeee!”
Both, boys along with their younger brother, Joel who is shown here with them, and their sister, Emily, all live in Sweet Valley with their parents, David and Liane Bacon.