Archive for April, 2012
I can remember at five years of age, my parents were paying .21 cents per/gal. of gasoline. In January of 2009 when Obama took office, gasoline cost $ 1.95 per/gal. and Oil was $ 45.00 per/barrel. Today in April of 2012 gasoline is $ 3.72 per/gal. and Oil is $ 1.25 per/barrel. Obviously, we never drilled, because Obama and his EPA stopped drilling. Consequently the supply of oil went down, thus pushing the price of gasoline up. Had we drilled in 2009, the supply would be up and the price would be down. In reality, the reverse is true; there has been more drilling during the Obama years. Yes – more drilling and higher gas prices. Why, because of Supply and Demand, countries like Japan, China and India consume far more than the U.S. – consequently the demand remains high, giving reason why the price goes up, because the World Demand is ever increasing. I’ll bet as a Pedal Car Collector, you wish you could tap into one of these beautifully crafted Antique Gas Pumps , to solve your fuel needs.
Regardless of what period of the 20th century, you grew up in- Kids always found a way to play. Children have always reflected what the parents modeled, whether they were pretending to be the Doctor, the Cook, or toting Dad’s briefcase as the Professor. Down thru the decades, it’s always been a joy to see Kids driving off in their tiny Pedal Car, just like Mom and Dad. Ride-on-Toys came onto the scene by the late nineteenth century; by the early 1900′s Henry Ford’s passion for making automobiles, led to the fabrication of Pedal Cars, that mirrored the powerful and attractive autos of the day. As Pedal Cars became more popular, accessories were added to enhance the play experience. They were equipped with working headlights, horns, and rotating propellers; while some could flip the hood and tinker like a mechanic, other Fire Trucks had wooden ladders and hose-reel for the ‘Lil’ Fireman, while the charming Yellow Pedal Car Tow Truck gave the child the experience of rescuing a motorist with working bell and tow hook. Today – Pedal Cars are still around, re-kindling the spirit “Back-in-the-Day” for children and collectors alike.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1944, had need of replacing their obsolescent Curtis P-40 Fighter Planes in the South Pacific – the ticket was the F4U Corsair Fighter Plane. They would receive up to 237 F4U’s during the Second World War, from the American Air Force. By the time the Corsairs arrived, there were virtually no Japanese Aircraft left in New Zealand’s sector of the Southern Pacific. They were used primarily for close support of American, Australian and New Zealand soldiers fighting the Japanese. The Corsair was retired from service in 1947. Featured – is our beautifully crafted Corsair Vintage Pedal Plane, certainly an attention getter for any “Top Gun”.
Throughout history adult items have been reproduced in smaller scale as children’s toys. Early craftsmen’s efforts at reproducing the automobile for the children became what we know today as the Pedal Car, a self powered miniture version of the automobile. The Vintage Pedal Car was a natural evolution of these designs. By combining the four wheels and wide wheelbase of the wagon, with the pedal configurations and steering systems from the velocipedes and adding a body, the Pedal Car was born. Early Pedal Cars were powered by two basic drive mechanisms; chain drive and pedal power. Later in the evolution of Pedal Cars, ball bearings were the cutting-edge technology. First generation Pedal Cars were individually crafted, simple designs that often lacked fenders and featured iron-spoke wheels. Earlier cars featured designs based on the horseless carriage with the tiller steering mechanism. With the automobile well on its way to carving out a place in modern life, the Pedal Car followed suit, featuring impressive appointments as horns, hand-brakes and even oil-lamps for illumination. Featured is a 1919 Packard Pedal Car, similar to our Vintage Pedal Car, making wonderful gifts and Heirlooms for life.
There’s no way in Hollywood, neither American Idol or the “X” Factor can re-capture your cherished tunes, like our exquisitely crafted USB Turntables. Down in some dark corner or attic shelf your LP’s are gathering dust and all but forgotten. Don’t you fret, even though you find the time to fire up the Record Player. The Antique Crosley Songwriter – CD Burner is the ticket for you. You can with the push of a button, transfer your LP’s content to CD in minutes. And if that’s not convincing enough, you can record your cassettes to CD. When you’re in the mood for the old-fashioned ambiance, you can still enjoy your albums on Crosley’s Classic 3- speed turntable for your Nostalgic listening enjoyment.
In today’s economy, young newly-wed couples are not buying a Building lot and building their starter home, as I did in the 70′s. Millions of college graduates cannot land a quality job, while millions more are still losing their homes, consequently seeing the homeless numbers increasing; and while Americans are straining to simply afford groceries and gasoline in this Sadface Economy. One Party wants to paint the illusion, that things are on the rise, while millions of Americans have had their only “Nest Egg” devalued- that is their shrinking or loss of equity in their homes, education costs are thru the ceiling and you’d think, the Left believe they’re almost immune to the sky-rocketing Health costs that will bankrupt a main-street American citizen. Romney is in “Touch”- for the very reason he understands the American workers problem. He’s fighting to turn the Sadface delusion around, will implement thousands of jobs for main-street America, rendering him an “In Touch Canidate”. Surely, sharing a Sadface Pedal Car with your child, will help turn a Sad Economy into a Happy one, and thrill the heart of your loved one.
Giving a young girl a Pink Tricycle could be a great gift, reinforcing their femininity. Basically, young girls are always into girly things like being a Princess, and pink is definitely the main color that a majority of them like. Pink is considered as a girls color, so giving them anything related to pink is a good gift idea. Even clothing that’s pink should already make most of them happy. Tricycles were used by riders who did not feel comfortable on the high wheelers, such as women who wore long, flowing dresses. Don’t forget that many girls are usually very active and into plenty of fun activities, by giving her a Sky King Pink Tricycle will help keep her girly side in check while having fun. Whether she is 5 or 10 years old, she’ll use it for years to come. Girls always enjoy learning new things, with a stunning tricycle developing her sense of balance and render an exciting past-time. Considering the beautifully crafted 1936 Pink Princess Antique Tricycle as a gift, will certainly balance out her past-time.
When Steam Locomotives came on the scene in the late 1800′s, night transport revealed a great need for Railway companies to provide adequate lighting, to see what lay ahead of the train, and for on-lookers to see the Locomotive. Steam Locomotive headlights initially, were oil or acetylene lamps, however were rapidly replaced with electric arc lamps, by late 1880′s. Concern grew knowing that trains stopping distances were much greater than the range of headlights, consequently railways became well signaled and fully fenced to protect livestock and people from migrating into harms-way. Some Railway Authorities mandated powerful headlights on at all times, to increase awareness to workers and the public of an approaching train. Bells and Steam Whistles warned of in-coming trains in the early days, sounded by pull-string cords and levers. Thus automatic bell ringers were implemented thru-out the U.S. after 1910. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Tyke won’t miss the working light and bell on these charming Pedal Trains.
The Formula Race begins with a warm-up lap, the cars assemble on the starting grid in the order they qualified, also known as a “Formation Lap”. The warm-up lap, gives Pit Crews time to clear person and equipment from the grid, gives the tires a chance to heat up and attain needed traction, and gives the driver the opportunity to check the condition of the car and track. Once all cars have positioned on the grid, a light-system indicates the start of the race. Five red lights are all extinguished simultaneously, to signal the start of the race. The race may also be re-started in the event of a serious accident or dangerous condition, with the original start voided. There is no formation lap when races start behind the Safety Car. The winner of the race is the first driver to cross the finish line having completed a distance of approx. 305 km. Drivers typically overtake one another for position and are classified in the order they finish the race. Three Pit Stops are typically made to change tires and repair damage. The Race Director’s role has many facets, primarily managing the logistics of each F1 Grand Prix, inspecting cars, enforcing rules, sorting disputes, applying penalties and fines to name a few. In the event of an incident that may risk Safety, the Safety Car may be deployed, with overtaking not permitted. On the lap in which the Safety Car returns back into the pits, the leading car takes over the role of the Safety Car until the first Safety Car line, a white line. After crossing this line drivers are allowed to start racing for track position once more. In the event of a major incident or threatening weather condition, the race may be Red-Flagged. You can be certain today- the only visible Red-Flag is not having one of the beautifully designed Pedal Racers.
A Pedal Fire Truck is a must have possession for most young boys who at some time or another all want to be a fireman. It seems to be engrained into an adventurous kids DNA. The fire truck has seen many toy fads come and go but still remain popular. For over 100 years, pedal fire trucks have been a favorite with children. With nurturing applied to the adventurous DNA, that child could end up in a Wild-land Fire Apparatus. A Wild-land Fire Apparatus is a unique vehicle, able to negotiate difficult terrain and high-gradient roads, is self-reliant having high clearances for wheels and suspension. These are primarily off-road trucks with capabilities for traversing rough terrain to reach the Fire Zone. Wild-land or Brush Trucks have a distinction from standard engines, in that some models have the ability to pump water while the apparatus is moving- a so called “Mobile Fire Truck Gunner”. Surely- your child would be thrilled to have a Pedal Fire Truck, regardless of being in rough terrain or the familiar back-yard.