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Ad from The American Boy for Overland cars, February 1915

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Ad from The American Boy for Overland cars, February 1915
Library of Congress


This object appears in the following sections:

Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Creating a Nation of Drivers

Advertisement for The American Boy

A Boy's Text Book on Gas Engines, by Fay Leone Faurote

Advertisement from The American Boy for Overland cars
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
The Willys-Overland company manufactured cars in Toledo Ohio, from 1908 to 1963. The company was one of a number of car manufacturers who advertised in The American Boy, a magazine for teenage males.
Physical Description
Date Made:
Michigan, Ohio

Almost as soon as the first automobile took to the roads, American children played with car toys, read car books, and even learned how combustion engines worked. Making cars a part of kids' lives-even kids whose families didn't own cars-helped make automobile ownership appealing to future generations of car buyers. Because much of this material targeted boys-often in innovative and ingenious ways-it helped shape a society in which women were far less likely to own and drive a car.

Related People, Places, and Events
Willy-Overland Company

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