This is an update of the article that was posted on February 8, 2021
After Victor Bonnet took over the toy company from Flersheim in 1919, he makes, among other toys this “Camion” (no. 261).
This is an open truck from the “Les Auto-Transports” series.
This truck was sold with text on the fabric tarpaulin on both sides.
The text is original: “Gros Camionnage” that you can find on the box.
In the past time I found so now and then a model with different text.
In 2021 I found in an “Interencheres” auction in France of Maître Philippe CASAL another “Camion” model in a rare color scheme, and also with a different text “Chocolat Casino” on the fabric tarpaulin.
In February 2018 I found on Ebay another model, the nice thing about this Camion was not only the beautiful condition, but also the print on the hood: “Goulet-Turpin”.
The Internet teaches us that this is the name of the Goulet-Turpin couple who founded a distribution company under this name in their wedding year 1874.
In the collection of the German “Spielmuseum Soltau” is another one to find with the text “Nouvelles Galeries”.
On Wikipedia you can find: “Les Nouvelles Galeries” is the name of a chain of department stores created in 1897, the stores have changed to become Galeries Lafayette.
In total, I have now found four “Camions”with different prints, including the original.
With one different overprint I can imagine that someone has done this privately, for whatever reason, but with several new different overprints I can imagine that this was originally produced by the Victor Bonnet factory and I have already found more “Camions” with these above shown texts, so they are not isolated objects.
The companies that orders these “Camions” may have sold these models or given them away to there customers.
Maybe we can find more examples.