My article today has to do with the Hubley cast iron racer which was manufactured about 1906. I finally was able to purchase one for a good price. Currently (Late 2010 and first quarter of 2011) the toy market on E-Bay is terrible. For the more common toys, selling is "the pits". For higher-end items, there seems to be good responses.
Anyway, this is a really nice item to have, although I'll be selling it on E-Bay. If someone out there knows for sure that this is the "real thing" please tell me. I know that some old cast iron toys have hammered rivets at both ends to keep the 2 halves of the toy together. This one has screws, and holes where the screws go.
What's nice about this is that it's similar to the other Hubley racer that I mentioned in another article. This one is more interesting, because you can open up both engine covers (is this still called a "hood?") to see the engine.
I'll let the photos illustrate the attraction that I have for this toy.