C.1950's Strenco Tin Friction "express" Freight Cart W/ Original Box - W. German
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C.1950's Strenco Tin Friction "express" Freight Cart W/ Original Box - W. German:
Offered for sale is this wonderful example of a very hard to find "Express" baggage/freight cart tin friction toy, along with its original box. It was made in West Germany by Strenco c. mid 1950's andmeasures about 4 3/4" high x 5 1/4" long. It's in pristine condition: the colors and the detail are excellent, the rubber tires are in great condition, it retains 99%+ of its original finishes, and there is no damage other than some very small spots of wear here and there (mostly on bumpers and edges of wheel wells and platform - should be observable if you zoom in far enough on the pics).It also comes with the original barrels, made of wood and likewise in pristine condition. The box, however, does have some issues: there is tape around most edges of the boxas well as across one end(I assume for reinforcement as there are no tears evident), there is wear along the edges and at the corners, and there is some slight creasing here and there. That it has stood up at all after weathering 60 years, though, is pretty remarkable. The toy operates by friction and works well: push it one way and the plastic driver faces in that direction of travel, then push it the opposite way and the driver turns quickly to face in the new direction. The plastic lever and wheel on the wheel house are not affected by the friction action but they are coordinated: when the wheel turns one way or the other, the lever goes up or down and when the lever is turned up or down, the wheel spins back or forth (interestingly, you can keep turning the wheel around and around, but the lever can only be moved to the up or down position). There is the name of an actual German companyon the wheelhousethat today specializes in automation(Bleichert), but I'm not sure what the connection is? There is also the word 'Eidechse,' which translates to 'lizard,' but again I'm not sure of the significance.
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