1957 BUCKAROO ADVERT
c1957 Buckaroo Pinto Horse & Bronco Saddle
The Buckaroo set comprises the ‘Pinto Head’ and ‘Bronco Saddle.’ I’m unsure of its exact date of manufacture, but I believe that the advert above is from a 1957 magazine. The head clips over the handlebars of a junior bicycle or tricycle, and is fastened by bolts. The saddle fits over the top of the seat. I fitted it to the Hopalong Cassidy tricycle and it does not quite fit: the upturned handlebar affects the the head attachment, and the saddle is not quite wide enough to fit properly over the Hoppy seat.
HORSE HEAD ACCESSORY PATENTS
There were a number of patents covering horse head attachments for bicycles and tricycles. Fernstrom’s 1951 patent appears to be most relevant to the Buckaroo attachment.
1951 I R. G. l. FERNSTROM 2, 78,682
Filed Sept. 25, 1950: HOBBYHORSE ATTACHMENT FOR BICYCLES AND TRICYCLES Raymond G. I. Fernstrom, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application September 25, 1950, Serial N 0. 186,507
15 Claims. (01. 280-114) My invention relates generally to hobby horses and the like amusement devices, and more particularly, to an attachment for childrens bicycles and tricycles by which such vehicles can be converted to simulate a horse or other riding animal.
Children’s vehicles which are constructed in the shape of a horse are, of course, well-known. One difliculty with such toys is, however, that as the child grows older, he may wish to discard his hobby horse mount for a, more conventional vehicle. Also, the child may, as children do, tire of the particular size, shape and other characteristics of his hobby horse, in which case the toy falls into disuse.
Bicycles and tricycles, on the other hand, usually have a much longer life, and often are used through several successive childhoods.
Bearing in mind the foregoing considerations, it is a major object of the present invention to provide an attachment for bicycles, tricycles, and like vehicles having a dirigible front wheel by which such vehicles can be converted intoone having all of the characteristics of a hobby horse or back into a conventional vehicle.
It is another object of the invention to provide a horse simulating structure in which the head of’the animal is moved in a realistic and life-like manner as the vehicle to which it is attached is propelled along the ground.
Still another object of the invention is to provide means in the hobby horse combination of the class described for producing lifelike hoof beat sound to accompanying movement of the device.
It is a still further object of the invention to provide means in a hobby horse of the class described for controlling the head portion by means of conventionally placed reins so as to produce rearing movement of the head and also to produce lifelike sound such as neighing and the like.
1950s TEXAS BRONC