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Cover, Town & Country, August 1909

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Cover, Town & Country, August 1909
NMAH, Archives Center, Warshaw Collection


This object appears in the following sections:

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

The Motor Maids Across the Continent, by Katherine Stokes

Pedal Car

Town and Country magazine cover
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
As the cover of this magazine suggests, children very quickly began playing with car-related toys. This illustration suggests that it was boys, rather than girls, who did so.
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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, it helped shape a society in which women were far less likely to own and drive a car.

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