JUVENILES: Irish Mails, Pedal Cars & Wagons

‘Irish Mails’ or ‘rowing tricycles’ which are propelled by levers, were developed to strengthen children’s arm muscles. In France they were known as ‘cyclo-rameurs’ and in Britain they were called ‘hand cars’.

Wooden wagons made for children were miniature versions of adult horse-pulled wagons. Children’s pedal cars followed on after the first full size cars came onto the market in the early 1900s.

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1880s SAS Express Wagon (S.A Smith Co)

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1890s Charrette Peugeot (French Dog-cart)

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1900 Paris Mfg Co ‘Police Patrol’ Wagon

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1908 Columbia Automobile Pedal Car

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1908 Ford Runabout Pedal Car

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1920 Ben Hur Racer Irish Mail Hand-car

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1920s Pedal-Operated Elephant Riding Toy

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1921 Irish Mail ‘Junior’ Hand Car

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1922 American National ‘Star’ Juvenile Automobile

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1928 Lines Bros (Tri-ang Toys) General Omnibus No 2

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1930s Watsonian Pedal Car (next to 1937 BSA ‘Piled Arms’ Tandem)

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1936 Steelcraft Playboy Speed Car

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1937 Steelcraft Playboy Speed Car

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1939 Leeway Triumph Dolomite Pedal Car

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1940s Chainless (Shaft-drive) Quadricycle

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1947 Kar-Bike Single Tube

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1948 Kar-Bike Double Tube Quadricycle

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1948 Kar-Bike Double Tube Quadricycle

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1948 Kar-Bike Double Tube Quadricycle

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1948 Kar-Bike Single Tube Quadricycle

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1950s ‘Sky Rider’ Tricycle (made from surplus World War 2 Practice Bomb)

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1950s Kid’s Tricycle with Steering Wheel (French)

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1950s MG Pedal car (French)

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1950s Murray Chain-Drive Atomic Missile

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1953 Garton Kidillac ‘Fire Chief’ Pedal Car

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1954 Steger ‘Ding Dong’ School Mail

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1955 Steger ‘Roy Rogers’ Full-size Stake-bed Chuck Wagon

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1959 Garton ‘Irish Mail’ Chain-Drive Speedster

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1960s Flintstones Vehicles: Tricycle, Car & Wagon

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1964 New York World’s Fair Lowenbrau Traditional Wagon Display

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1965 AMF Hi-Ball Hand Car

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