This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Monday, November 21, 2016
The 1930's Toy Racers
Tuesday, November 21, 2016 Overcast and cold 0 Celcius 32 Fahrenheit
Almost as soon as the automobile was invented, races of various sorts were organized. The first recorded race was in 1867. Early races were more for the reliability of the automobiles, in order for manufacturers to exhibit the reliability of their products. By the 1930's specially-constructed automobiles were constructed exclusively for racing. There were long distance races, racing on a specially designed oval with angled embankments, and there were the famous land-speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah, USA), as well as on the beaches of Daytona (Florida, USA).*
Most of the autos presented today would race around a closed-circuit oval, with the audience seated in the grandstands. However, there are 2 autos that were designed exclusively for land-speed records. They are the Kingsbury Golden Arrow, the Lindstrom land speed race car, and the Buffalo Blue Bird Land Speed Racer.
Most toy racers were manufactured from pressed steel or tin, and would have been lithographed with the design and colours of the toy. Of course, in the 1930's cast iron was still used for many toys, and several manufacturers did design and manufacture race cars.
Like all popular real-life things, toy car racers were quite popular for people to go to watch, and these events were photographed for newspapers. As such, most of the toy manufacturers manufactured toy car race cars for the marketplace.
French Tin Clockwork Race Car
Extremely thin pressed tin.
Lithographed tin with clockwork "motor".
Length: 8" 204 mm
Buffalo Toy Company Silver Dash Racer
Light weight tin, lithographed tin men.
Movement via the spiral rod winder that was used on most of their toys.
Length: 13 1/2" 342 mm
Citroen (France) Clockwork Racer
Large heavy pressed steel with rubber tires.
Key wound clockwork mechanism.
Length: 17" 430 mm
Lindstrom Land Speed Race Car
Lithographed tin with clockwork wind-up (key) "motor".
Length: 5 1/2" 140 mm
Hubley Cast Iron Closed Cabin Racer
Painted cast iron with nickel-plated driver.
Rubber tires on wood rims (appear replaced).
Length: 8" 203 mm
Kingsbury (USA) Golden Arrow Land Speed Racer
Pressed steel based on the famous Golden Arrow Land Speed Racer.
Painted pressed steel with clockwork motor.
Length: 19" 482 mm
Buffalo Toys Blue Bird Land Speed Racer with Original Box
Rare to find an accompanying original box with this toy.
Painted light weight tin.
Powered by a long pull rod attached to a coiled spring.
Length: 21" 520 mm
Mettoy 1930's Tin Racer
Lithographed tin with a windup clockwork "motor"
Marx Rocket Racer
Very light weight construction.Difficult to find in this condition.