Thursday, February 11, 2010

Soap Box Derby Cars - A Rare Valentine Theme

I don't want to PUSH things ~ But will you be My Valentine.
4 3/4" x 4 1/4"
circa 1930s, 1940s
by Carrington
'A' in tree logo

Here's another fun but rare theme for valentines - soap box derby cars.   Kids racing vehicles has been around for a long time.  It was featured in a Charlie Chaplin movie as early as 1914.  Official All-American racing began in 1934 in Dayton, Ohio.  The next year the event was moved to Akron, Ohio (aka Rubber City) and is still held there currently at a track called Derby Downs.

I wanna HAMMER this home - Be My Valentine!

6 1/2" x 5 1/4"
circa 1940s, 1950s
Mechanical Flat
marked: Litho. in U.S.A.
no other publisher's marks

The 1970s were a noteable time for soap box derby - with the first girl winner and a scandal involving electromagnets and chemicals on the tires both happening during that decade.

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