H984.13.12 - Car

Catalogue Number
H984.13.12
Object Name
car
Object Type
toy
Culture
NORTH AMERICAN
Origin Country
CANADA
Use Country
CANADA
Use Province / Territory
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Use Municipality
VANCOUVER
Dates/Period
1940s, 1950s
Date
1940 to 1950
Artifact History

Purchased in B.C.

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. Whereas toy trains appeared almost as soon as did railways, manufacturers were much slower about producing model automobiles. European companies, such as Benz and Daimler, began to make "horseless carriages" in quantities during the 1890s, but not until the early years of the 20th century were small cars available as playthings. This tin racing car, made during the 1940s or 1950s, is stamped, "Viceroy/Made in Canada/27."

Manufacturer
Viceroy ?
Physical Description
A red rubber racing car with silver grill and large black wheels;marked -3- on top;marked -viceroy, made in Canada, 27- inside.
Material
RUBBER, METAL
Colour
Red, Silver, Black
Parts
Artifact Part Height (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Depth (cm) Diameter (cm) Thickness (cm) Weight
3.20 12.00 3.2
Nomenclature
Department
History
Source
Wellwood, Roy