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“Limousine” Sled for Small Children (Apr, 1924)

“Limousine” Sled for Small Children
Small children greatly appreciate the “limousine” sled shown in the photo, as it gives them the thrill of riding in their
own sled, yet keeps them much warmer than an open one. The frame is made of smooth 1 by 2-in. wood, securely attached to the sled. The lower part of the frame, the floor of the sled, and the top are covered with heavy canvas, and panes of glass or heavy celluloid are fitted in the upper half of the frame as shown. The back serves as a door, being hinged on so that it can be opened or closed, and a screen-door hook provided to keep it closed. The door is made of 1-in. wood, covered on the outside with canvas to match the rest of the body.—Eugene Holland, Detroit, Mich.

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Miniature Roller Coaster Is Thrilling Fun for Youngsters (Nov, 1933)

Miniature Roller Coaster Is Thrilling Fun for Youngsters

ONE of the chief attractions for the youngsters at a children’s garden party held recently in London was a miniature roller coaster that gave the kids all the thrills of its big brother at the public parks.

The car of the miniature roller coaster rides on four small wheels, and is so constructed that the youngsters can sit astraddle and hold on by a couple of knobs on the front.

A breath-taking speed is developed along the undulating tracks, even though height at the start is only about four feet. A slight shove sends the rider dashing along the tracks for a ocean wave ride of fifty feet or more.

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STANLO: THE NEW METAL CONSTRUCTION TOY (Dec, 1933)

This site has some of the sample project guides that came with the set. They look really cool. Link

MAKE IT WITH STANLO

THE NEW METAL CONSTRUCTION TOY IN BRILLIANT COLORS

Automobiles, houses, trolley cars, boats, bridges, forts, steam shovels, factories, doll furniture and hundreds of other things—build them with STANLO. And best of all, every piece in a STANLO set is finished in brilliant colors so that you can obtain almost any color combination. • An entirely new principle is used in fastening the pieces together and the finished project is absolutely rigid.

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Skin Game (Apr, 1945)

Skin Game

AS YOUR senses must work together to convey an accurate impression to your mind, you’ll be surprised at the many ways you can fool yourself and others with a few simple experiments. If one of your senses is prevented from contributing its proper share to the mental picture, you may find the work of the others startlingly incomplete or fantastically incorrect. Try it for yourself by performing these amusing tests with everyday things. Your breakfast coffee and your favorite cigarette can become total strangers to you if you don’t watch out.

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Homemade Flying Instructor Gives Air Thrills (May, 1933)

Homemade Flying Instructor Gives Air Thrills

Two eighteen-year-old boys of Turlock, Calif., have built themselves a flying instructor that provides virtually all the thrills of piloting a piano. Passengers are strapped in two miniature aircraft that fly in circles around the supporting framework, under the power of gasoline motors, as shown at left. The baby planes are tethered to a rotating crosspiece in such a way that they are free to roll and perform other aerial evolutions at the pilot’s touch of the controls. An operator riding on top of the crossbeam may apply a brake lever, or cut off the ignition, if the enthusiastic pilots acquire too much speed. Over week-ends the boys tow their device on a trailer base to nearby towns, and charge for rides.

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Metal Barrel Revolving on Pipe Adds to Playground Thrills (Oct, 1924)

Metal Barrel Revolving on Pipe Adds to Playground Thrills

Hung lengthwise through the center on a horizontal pipe, a revolving metal barrel has proved a popular addition to the
playground equipment of a park in Pasadena, Calif. Attempting to stand erect on the barrel requires almost acrobatic skill.

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Treadmill Propels Child’s Wagon (Jul, 1939)

Treadmill Propels Child’s Wagon
Walking on rollers that are geared to the rear wheels of a novel treadmill wagon, a child can propel the odd vehicle along the ground. Invented by Harry Kister, of Philadelphia, Pa., the cart is fitted with removable floor boards that cover the rollers, so that it may be used as a conventional express wagon for transporting small articles. When the wagon is turned upside down, the rollers are exposed, permitting the device to be used as a stationary exercising machine, which is strong enough for regular use by adults as well as by children.

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“Automat” Sells Toys To Youngsters (Jul, 1954)

“Automat” Sells Toys To Youngsters
When youngsters in Stockholm go shopping they can buy their toys in a new “automat for playthings.” The display machine is divided into bins with a window in each bin. The child inspects the toys through the windows and deposits his money to receive the toy he selects.

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Toy Press Prints Type (Dec, 1951)

Toy Press Prints Type
Any child who can read can set type on this printing press. The rubber type snaps into slots on the press and is so grooved that it is impossible to set characters upside down. Made in three sizes by the Superior Marking Equipment Co. of Chicago, the press will also print pictures.

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Dog Rides Tricycle, Drinks Pop (Nov, 1933)

Dog Rides Tricycle, Drinks Pop

A Terrier, that rides a tricycle and drinks pop through a straw, has been trained by his boy master.

The dog has been taught to sit on the cycle seat without fear. He balances himself by putting his rear paws on the bars supporting the rear wheels. He rests his front paws on the handle bars. His legs are a bit too short for pedaling, but his young trainer enjoys pushing him around.

While the boy cools off with a drink of pop, his dog also goes through the act of sucking through the straw.

How well the terrier knows his stunt is shown in the photo on the right.

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