Old 1930 Amos N Andy Fresh Air Taxi Cab Marx Rare Windup Tin Toy Black Americana For Sale
Dating to the 1930's, this great tin litho wind-up toy Fresh Air Taxicab is all original. I did not clean it so it is soiled. Overall, it measures about 8 inches long by about 5 inches wide. Without significant rusting, the colors remain largely intact and vibrant. Its flaws include a missing pooch, missing "glass" from the windshield, a missing hood ornament and loose figures. Luckily, the dog and hood ornament can be purchased separately on presently. When wound, the "engine" is strong, propelling it along as it should. Because the right front wheel is wobbly on the axle, it occasionally needs to be straightened for it to proceed. The body of the piece was make to look beat up with appropriately placed graphics. This is a fabulous working tin toy that is certain to escalate in value with each passing year. Because I was not personally familiar with the Andy and Amos characters, I searched the Web and found this; "Amos 'n' Andy is a sitcom set in a stereotypically dysfunctional black community, performed by white actors in black makeup or "blackface"; the use of black makeup was a popular practice at the time but is now viewed as racially disrespectful. The show was very popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s on both radio and television. Amos and Andy began as one of the first radio comedy series, written and voiced byFreeman Gosden and Charles Correll and originating from station WMAQ in Chicago. After the program was first broadcast in 1928, it grew and became a hugely popular radio series. Early episodes were broadcast from the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The show ran as a nightly radio serial from 1928 until 1943, as a weekly situation comedy from 1943 until 1955, and as a nightly disc-jockey program from 1954 until 1960. A television adaptation ran on CBS-TV from 1951 until 1953, and continued in syndicated reruns from 1954 until 1966." Please see my numerous photos to follow, as well as my other sales for more great, vintage and antique toys. Domestic and international shipping costs can be calculated under SHIPPING below. If you have a question about shipping costs, please ask before offerding. Also, please allow international packages 30 days to arrive as customs may delay delivery. Domestic buyers should know that items shipped via parcel post, often take 14-18 days to arrive. If you have the choice between Priority or parcel post, you would be wise to choose Priority Mail, especially if the item is fragile or expensive. The speed and special handling of Priority packages, does help to ensure a much safer and FASTER trip for valued items. Thank you.
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