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Toy Stakebed truck
Catalog #: 295669.416, Accession #: 295669
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Childrens toys reflected the traffic on the roads: cars, ambulances, vans, and toy construction equipment was all offered for sale. After World War I, trucks and vans were a much more common sight on American roads.
Physical Description
artifact. metal. painted red, with wooden barrels in the stakebed.
Date Made:
Gift of Sears, Roebuck, and Company
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.

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