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Toy, Space Rocket Ship 306

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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 friction-operated toy "Space Rocket Ship" is an example of the space-themed tin toys that were popular in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Although Japanese-made tin toys came to dominate the American tin toy market, this particular toy, which dates to 1952, was manufactured by the Automatic Toy Company of Staten Island, New York. Its box advertised that it could "shoot sparks as it speeds along."

Collector Michael O'Harro donated the Space Rocket Ship to the Museum 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

Automatic Toy Co.

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Materials

Rocket ship, probably tin; wheels (2), rubber; box, original, cardboard

Dimensions

  • Overall: 2 1/2 x 4in. (6.4 x 10.2cm)
  • Other (box): 2 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 4in. (6.4 x 22.2 x 10.2cm)

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Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

ca. 1952

Type

MODELS-Science Fiction

Inventory Number

A19970636000