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Toy road roller
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19282

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Toy road roller
Catalog #: 314,637.13, Accession #: 314,637
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Hubley Manufacturing Company of Lancaster Pennsylvania, became one of the nation's premier toy making companies. Incorporated in 1894, the company made eletric train related equipment before moving into the toy business in 1909. The toys were made of cast iron, and were often modeled on actual vehicles or machinery. The Huber mark refers to the Huber Manufacturing Company. Inventor and industrialist Edward Huber's Huber Manufacturing Company made farm machinery in Marion, Ohio. The company is credited with inventing the first workable gasoline tractor. It als manufactured road-building equipment.
Physical Description
12 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 5 1/2"; green with red wheels, cast iron, made by Hubley Manufacturing Company, roller has two decals marked Huber built into the road roller on each side. Hubley is pressed into the metal inside the cast iron body. There is also a number pressed into the metal: 1
Date Made:
about 1935
Ohio, Pennsylvania
Bequest of Edith R. Meggers
Almost as soon as the first car took to the roads, American children began to play with car toys, read about cars in books, and even learn how the internal combustion engine worked. Making cars a part of kids' lives-even for kids whose families didn't own cars-naturalized the invention, and made it appealing and desirable to future generations of potential car owners. All this material helped create a market for cars in the next generation of car buyers, and-because it targeted young men over young women-it helped shape a society in which women were far less likely to own and drive a car than men.
Related People, Places, and Events
Hubley Manufacturing Company
Well known maker of cast iron toys.

Huber Manufacturing Company
Maker of full-size farm and road equipment, upon which the Hubley toy was based. Based in Marion, Ohio. Founded by Edward Huber.

Related Person
Edward Huber (1837 - 1904)
Inventor and industrialist Edward Huber's Huber Manufacturing Company made farm machinery in Marion, Ohio. Credited with inventing the first workable gasoline tractor.

Edith R. Meggers
Part of a large bequest recieved by the National Museum of American History

Place of manufacture
Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1894)
Location of the Hubley Manufacturing Company

Location of Manufacture of Original Machinery
Marion Ohio
Road Roller toy based on real road roller, made by the Huber Company of Marion Ohio.

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