Tiny Steam Car Goes 10 m. p. h. (Feb, 1930)

Why, you might almost call it an Oldsmobile.

Tiny Steam Car Goes 10 m. p. h.
BILLY OLDS, Jr., two and one-half years, is the proud possessor of this steam car which he can drive at a speed of 10 m.p.h.

12 comments
  1. Charlene says: July 18, 20116:38 am

    And apparently quite the babe magnet too.

  2. Mike says: July 18, 201110:38 am

    For all those that always ask, here is your flying car.

  3. John says: July 18, 201111:09 am

    Mike » Don’t encourage them. Then it’ll be where’s my jet pack?
    For all those that always ask, go somewhere else.

  4. Richard says: July 18, 201111:12 am

    Those were the days. A steam car necessarily has a pressurized boiler, a hot exhaust, and a bunch of hot parts with a risk of burns and scalds. I often think we’ve gone overboard protecting kids from every possible danger, but I’m not sure I’d let my kid drive a steam car at age two and a half, even under fairly close supervision.

    Then again, I won’t let my kid have one of those electric cars, not because I think it’s unsafe, but because I think it’s lazy. Pedal power is the way to go.

  5. Toronto says: July 18, 201111:36 am

    Richard – we used to have small steam engines, though. The Jenson model was in the catalogs every Christmas, and then there was the talcum power tin version made at home. I’m trying to remember what it used for a piston.

  6. Richard says: July 18, 20111:35 pm

    Yes, I remember toy steam engines when I was a kid. One of my classmates had one in second or third grade, I think. I remember him bringing it to school when we had a science unit on steam power.

    But there’s a world of difference between the ability of a second grader to heed safety warnings and the ability of a two and a half year old to do the same.

  7. Mike says: July 18, 20112:00 pm

    Now that you mention the steam engines my ex-boss had a toy train steam engine on his bookshelf. I don’t remember how he said it worked. For some reason I remember him saying you purchased these tablets.

  8. Nomen Nescio says: July 18, 20114:05 pm

    i used to have a toy steam engine (again, primary-school age, or i’d not remember it). it ran on little square paraffin tablets that left almost no residue and burned without smoke. me being me, a good part of my childhood was spent trying to come up with something for it to actually power.

  9. Jari says: July 18, 20116:24 pm

    “The world can be saved by steam!” An obscure reference. Let’s see, if anyone catches that.

  10. Sean says: July 19, 201112:05 pm

    H’mm…. I’d be willing to bet that this used a flash boiler. Safer, if only slightly, as there is less to explode if something goes wrong.

  11. C.H. says: July 19, 20117:11 pm

    Small live-steam models are one thing, but driving a steam-operated vehicle not only requires skill and training but, ‘scuse the language, quite a bit of cojones. So either this boy’s a certified genius, or those girls aren’t exactly gaga over the car.

  12. Toronto says: July 19, 201110:43 pm

    Point taken.

    Still, the putt-putt-putt would be charming. Maybe if it were a compressed air motor…

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