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:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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)
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Country of Origin
United States of America