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August 1949 Toy Wagon Build From Mechanix Illustrated

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The August 1949 issue of Mechanix Illustrated included detailed plans for constructing a battery powered, remote-control toy wagon.
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3 Comments on “August 1949 Toy Wagon Build From Mechanix Illustrated

  1. Mike

    Imagine a dad having the time and dedication to make a toy like this for his son, 1949 was a very different world from today. August 1949 was just a month before I was born, had I been a few years older, such a toy would have brought joy to my young life.

  2. Allan J. Knepper

    Truly amazing that there were fathers and sons working together on projects like this in the basement or garage. Having been born in 1945, I remember toys like that in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Dad was too busy trying to raise five kids and work three jobs……no time to devote to building toys…..but he taught us all to build a campfire….catch a fish…..shoot small game… a tractor……..ride a horse. He did OK.

    What I would REALLY like is the build plans for the yellow track roadster on the cover !! Have been wanting to build something like that for the last 30yrs………better get off the internet and into the garage.

  3. David Eilers Post author


    Dad and I were never very good at working together. We both had our own ideas about things, lol. It only got more true as I got more confident. If I needed help, dad would assist, but otherwise, I was pretty much on my own, partly out of my own stubbornness. Dad was a better engineer (electrical engineer by trade), so I did pay close attention to how he built things. But, he was never all that good at the finish work. Functional and strong was generally good enough for him.

    – Dave

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