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Toy, Space Rocket Ship 306


Display Status:

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

Toy, Space Rocket Ship 306

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


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


Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro


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


  • 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)

Country of Origin

United States of America


ca. 1952


MODELS-Science Fiction

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