Tin Toy, Space Tank

Tin Toy, Space Tank

     

This battery-operated space-themed toy tank is a tin toy that was manufactured in China, most likely in the 1960s, for export. This toy illustrates how toy makers tapped into the contemporary fascination for space exploration by added a space theme to a toy even if the basic form of the toy was not space-related. Except for the label "Space Tank" and a few small rockets lithographed onto the sides of the metal toy, there is nothing inherently space-y about this toy tank. This toy would have been created to compete in a tin toy marketplace that by the late 1950s had come to be dominated by creatively-designed, complex Japanese tin toys with moving parts and/lights.

The Museum accessioned this toy into its collection in 2001.

Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises.

Country of Origin
China

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Materials
Overall, aluminum; tires, rubber
Dimensions
3-D: 25.4 x 14 x 12.7cm (10 x 5 1/2 x 5 in.)

This battery-operated space-themed toy tank is a tin toy that was manufactured in China, most likely in the 1960s, for export. This toy illustrates how toy makers tapped into the contemporary fascination for space exploration by added a space theme to a toy even if the basic form of the toy was not space-related. Except for the label "Space Tank" and a few small rockets lithographed onto the sides of the metal toy, there is nothing inherently space-y about this toy tank. This toy would have been created to compete in a tin toy marketplace that by the late 1950s had come to be dominated by creatively-designed, complex Japanese tin toys with moving parts and/lights.

The Museum accessioned this toy into its collection in 2001.

Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises.

Country of Origin
China

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Materials
Overall, aluminum; tires, rubber
Dimensions
3-D: 25.4 x 14 x 12.7cm (10 x 5 1/2 x 5 in.)

ID: A20010629000