H976.69.2 - Toy boat c. 1915

Catalogue Number
H976.69.2
Object Name
boat
Object Type
toy
Dates/Period
1910s
Date
1914 to 1916
Artifact History

This toy belonged to the donor's late brother Henry Ritchie Woodward who drowned in Lake of the Woods in July 1916 at age 4. This tin inboard motor boat was made around 1914.

General Artifact History

The tin toy, which is made from thin sheets of iron coated with tin to made it rust resistant, is a product of and a celebration of the Industrial Revolution. The production of these metal playthings depended on the availability of iron and tin, factories, and a skilled workforce, all of which were present in the United States and western Europe during the 19th century. In addition, the Industrial Revolution created a new group of consumers, the affluent middle classes with disposable incomes and a desire for material goods. Finally, the toys themselves, often small versions of objects actually employed in modern life, such as firefighting equipment, trains, and automobiles, reflect a fascination with machinery, speed, and progress.

Supporting Documentation Contents

See Source File for a photographs of donor's mother, Mrs. E.A. Woodward, and Henry Ritchie Woodward.

Material
TIN
Parts
Artifact Part Height (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Depth (cm) Diameter (cm) Thickness (cm) Weight
8.00 16.50 5.0
Nomenclature
Department
History
Source
Woodward, G. G.