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Yellow Radio Flyer GT Wagon


More than 80 years after its introduction, the Radio Flyer red wagon remains an enduring icon of American childhood. The history of the wagon combines elements of immigration, patriotism, advanced technology, mass production, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Antonio Pasin immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1917. While working as a carpenter in Chicago, he produced small wooden wagons in the evenings to supplement his income. Prideful of his adopted country, Pasin dubbed his wagons Liberty Coasters after the Statue of Liberty. Borrowing mass-production techniques from the new automobile industry, Pasin soon fashioned his wagons of steel and produced huge qualities to satisfy thousands of kids in neighborhoods across the country. In the 1930s, Pasin offered a Model #18 and dubbed it Radio Flyer to honor Nicola Tesla, another Italian inventor. The company has varied the color of its wagons only a few times in its history. Inspired by the popularilty of the movie "Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier," the wagon manufacturer produced a yellow wagon in 1950; decades later, the company borrowed the look and excitement of muscle cars for its 1973 yellow Radio Flyer GT.

  • Manufacturer: Radio Steel & Manufacturing (Radio Flyer)
  • Material: steel
  • Origin: USA
  • Object ID: 111.6766
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