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Toy, Space Port, Archer Outer Space Set

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This Archer Outer Space Set was manufactured by the U.S. Metal Toy Manufacturing Company for Archer Plastics (based in Elmherst, New York) beginning in 1952. Known best for their plastic space men and some plastic space cars, Archer introduced this toy as a space play set that did not have any radio or television show tie-ins. Instead the toy invited creative play by putting the child in the role of the space engineer. The box read, "All parts easily assembled by the junior spaceman mechanic." Opening the flat roof of the space port created a "landing strip" for two toy spaceships that were included in the set and provided a stage for the plastic space men that would also have accompanied the space port.

Collector Michael O'Harro gave this play set to the National Collection in 1993.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

  • Archer Plastics, Inc.
  • U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Materials

Metal, paint

Dimensions

Overall: 1ft 8in. x 11in. x 1ft 4 1/4in. (50.8 x 27.9 x 41.28cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1952

Type

MODELS-Science Fiction

Inventory Number

A19970630000