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, August 4, 2017
An Interesting Roundabout That Runs on Hot Air
Friday, August 4, 2017 Overcast with Thundershowers 79 F 26 C
An Interesting Roundabout
That Runs on Air
I was visiting the spring auction of Bertoia Auctions, when I came across the toy below.
It's a "runabout", or what I think it's also called a merry-go-round. What caught my attention, other than the beauty of the toy was how it was operated. It could run by crank (wind-up) or hot air. It was the hot air part that caught my attention. Perhaps it was a steam engine that could operate this toy.
Exquisite early roundabout monoplane, ballon, dirigible, an elegant toy
that ran either by crank or hot air motor. 13 1/2" h. Professionally restored.
Naturally, I was inquisitive, so I decided to do a search for "hot air engine", and came across the American Stirling Company. I went to their website, and sure enough found all kinds of hot air engines. But what caught my attention most was an engine that could from the heat of your hands. I don't know if the American Stirling Engine below could run the above toy, but it certainly was most interesting! This engine can also run with sunlight or the heat from a stove (do not place the engine directly on the oven!). What I don't see on the large engine gear (like the one on the toy)is an indentation for a cord that could connect directly to the circular gear of the toy.
If you visit their website, they have a small video of watching how the engine runs by the heat of your hands. This was surely quite novel and interesting!