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Irish mail | ride-on

The Irish mail ride-on toy propelled by pushing and pulling the handlebar. A rider steered his vehicle with his feet. The origins of the Irish mail are unclear: some sources suggest railroad workers--many of them Irish immigrants--used a three-wheeled vehicle to examine and repair train tracks; other sources suggest a connection with the postal delivery vehicle in Ireland. As a child's ride-on, the Irish mail provides a stable platform for forward motion. Unlike the pedal power of children's tricycles and bicycles, the Irish mail requires the rider to apply upper body strength to operate the vehicle.

  • Material: metal | rubber | wood | paint
  • Object ID: 113.1324
  • Credit Line: Gift of Margaret and Gilbert Gimbel
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