Toy, Spaceship, Buck Rogers, Flash Blast Attack Ship

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This small metal spaceship toy was manufactured by Tootsie Toy as a part of the merchandise created around the Buck Rogers comic strip. In 1929, Buck Rogers debuted as a comic after National News Service president asked writer Anthony Nowlan to create a strip based on a character, Anthony Rogers, originated in a short story. By the early 1930s, several different toy companies were producing licensed playthings, including this one. The metal spaceship model is modeled after the "Blast Attack ship" from the comics. It has a small channel on the top, through which the owner could thread a string in order to "fly" the toy from one end of the string to the other.

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

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

1937

Inventory Number

A19973006000

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro.

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

Overall, metal; box, original, cardboard

Dimensions

3-D: 12 × 4 × 5.8cm (4 3/4 × 1 9/16 × 2 5/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture