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This "Rotate-o-Matic Super Astronaut" was made by the Horikawa Company in Japan between 1959 and 1971. Japan dominated the production of toy robots after World War II. The Horikawa Company, who used the trade logo SH, was one of the most prolific makers of battery-operated toys such as this one. The U.S. "Space Race" to explore the solar system in the late 1950's to early 1970's generated huge public interest and a large market for space related products.
Date: between 1959 and 1971
Item Number: 221950
KSHS Identifier: 1971.57.39
Collections - Museum
Date - 1960s
Home and Family - Daily life - Leisure - Play - Toys
Objects and Artifacts - Recreational Artifacts - Toy - Toy, Mechanical
Places - International - Japan
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts