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.
Friday, July 21, 2017
A Great New Discovery
Friday, July 21, 2017 Sunny with Blue Skies 28 C 83 F
A Great New Discovery
I received an e-mail about 6 weeks ago. It was from Mr. Greg Hickey, who had this wonderful toy that was an electromagnet steam shovel iron mover. In place of the normal scoop or shovel, there was an electromagnetic for attaching iron to be moved by the steam shovel. It was a great new discovery, and the name of the manufacturer was the A.C.Redmond Company, in Flint, Michigan (USA).
In Greg's Own Words:
Stacey , hope these pictures are better for you to use. If you need more or different parts shot will be glad to try. I bought the crane in a antique store in St Louis Mo. I had never heard of the company , so I thought I would take a chance was purchased in 2011. I don't think the wiring is original, I also question the tube that would have held what looks like D batteries. The line that raises and lowers the magnet looks original. The measurements I took are , swing deck "bottom of the cab" 7 1/2 inches wide , length is 12 1/4 to 12 1/2 inches , hard to measure back end has a curve out, point of boom 16 inches, length of boom 18 inches . The crawler frame is 4 7/8 inches x 9 inches long . The roof is 13 inches long 7 1/2 inches wide measuring straight across the bottom of roof. Length of the house is 11 1/2 inches width 6 1/2 inches , the side of house is close to 5 1/2 inches. The magnet is 2 3/4 inches. The wheels are 2 inch high by 1 1/2 wide. I'm going to send pictures in a separate file . You can use ,edit pictures however you need to .
Thank You, Greg
Greg does not know much about this toy, so I naturally asked him to send me photos in order to perhaps have someone provide more information about this magnificent toy. For those who might not know, Flint, Michigan is a city famous for manufacturing cars in the USA by the 3 major American manufacturers.
Greg is quite ingenious. He took 3 size D batteries and taped them together,
along with the positive and negative wire terminals.
When Greg turned on the On/Off switch, lo and behold, the
electromagnetic of the A.C.Redmond toy, the magnet worked perfectly,
even atyer all those years!
I congratulated Greg on his excellent photography. The photographs illustrate all of the different sides of the toy, as well as the boom and the electromagnetic magnet. Hopefully, this being a somewhat old toy from I would guess the 1940's-1950's or even earlier, someone out there who reads my blog will be able to help us out.
So if someone has the same toy out there, and knows more about the A.C.Redmond Company, would you please write to me,so that we can give readers more information about this newfound toy company.
Sometimes, I receive e-mails from readers who give me assistance or have questions to ask. I received the information about the AG Redmond Company a week after I had posted this post:
"It appears there were two companies with the name Redmond. The AG Redmond Co. started in 1925 and built car parts and small electric motors. This maybe the only toy they produced. The patent is dated 1933 and this toys label say patent applied for so it is pre 1933. Overall a very nice toy and likely a rare one."*