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This simple flying toy from S.P. Company consists of two paper-plate-shaped cardboard halves crimped together with a metal ring.

Buck Rogers first appeared in the pulp magazine Amazing Stories in August 1928 as Anthony Rogers in Philip Francis Nowlan’s story “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” Knocked unconscious, the blond hero awakened in the 25th century to find America under attack from “Mongol” hordes, a reflection of contemporary anxiety about Asian immigration.

National Newspaper Service president John F. Dille saw a potential comic strip—with one small change. Renamed “Buck Rogers,” Nowlan’s strip (illustrated by Dick Calkins) debuted in 1929, followed by a color Sunday strip in 1930 and a radio program in 1932. Licensed toys came on the market in the 1930s and remained popular for years.

Collector Michael O'Harro donated this toy to the Museum in 1993.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture Manufacturer S.P. Company Dimensions 3-D: 3.2 x 15.9cm (1 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.)
Materials Overall, cardboard; rim, metal
Inventory Number A19970682000 Credit Line Gift of Michael O'Harro. Restrictions Unknown. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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