Toy carts first made in the 1880s – AgriNews

Toy wagons, those large enough to transport children or carry bundles of newspapers for a newsboy, were first made in the 1880s in the United States. Most were wooden painted red.

Newspapers were sold to newsagents by the bundle. The boys kept them in a wagon and moved around town, shouting the headlines to sell the papers.

Newsboy carts were usually painted wood with the name of the newspaper on the side. Some, like this one, had sides built in that could be removed.

The type of wheel of the wagon makes it possible to date it. The first wheels were metal with a rubber rim. Later the wheels were made of rubber.

Another clue to the age of the illustrated wagon is the name of the newspaper. The newspaper was started in 1883, destroyed by fire and restarted in 1900.

William Randolph Hearst bought it in 1921, around the time the paper’s name was changed to “Detroit Times”. It closed in 1960.

The most famous toy wagon was made by Antonio Pasin in 1917 in Chicago. He made the Liberty Coaster in 1921 and the famous red Radio Flyer in 1927.

His company became the largest wagon manufacturer in the country. The Cowan auction wagon sold for $160.

Q: My mother was a small dealer in, among other things, head vases. We recently discovered, to our surprise, that she actually had a pretty comprehensive inventory. What we thought was a collection of about 20-30 head vases turned out to be over 250. How would we find someone interested in purchasing the brand new Cameo Girls Head Vase Bundle?

Vases with female heads were all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s. United Design Corporation made many of them. The company was founded in 1973 by Gary and Jeanie Clinton, who started with a single oven in a backyard chicken coop.

They quickly found their niche in clay figures and the business grew from neighborhood sales to nationwide distribution. It closed in 2004.

Cameo Girls head vases retail for between $30 and $200, with most in the $50 range. You could sell your mother’s collection on Etsy and other online retailers, or you could find an auction gallery that would like to sell a collection of 250.

Current prices

To printJohn James Audubon, Carolina Turtle Dove, No. 4, Plate 17, Dogwood Blossom Birds, Princeton Edition, distressed wood frame, framed size 44 x 32 inches, $410.

Bowl, carved wood, calabash, gourd-shaped, Norfolk pine, light honey-colored graining and knots, thin deep sides, Hawaiian Islands of the North Pacific, c. 1940, 8 x 9 inches, $2,490.

Jewelrycharm bracelet, 18k yellow gold links, seven charms, teddy bear, stroller, tricycle, battery, paper airplane, toy soldier and rocking horse, child, stamped Cartier, 7 inches, $4,000.

Point: Rust stains on clothing or textiles from old hooks and eyes or pins can come out with lemon juice.

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