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This plastic guitar plays music when the crank on the side is turned. This method of playing music in children's toys was developed by Elliot and Ruth Handler (the founders of Mattel) in 1949. It was called a "Cowboy Getar" and plays music arranged by Ted Duncan a Hollywood music arranger between 1943 and 1948. It is under the brand "A Futureland Toy" and was made in Culver City, California. The Western genre was most popular in the U.S. from post WWII (1945) to about the 1970's.
Creator: Mattel Creations
Date: between 1949 and 1960
Item Number: 222004
KSHS Identifier: 1987.190.32
Collections - Museum
Date - 1940s
Date - 1950s
Home and Family - Daily life - Leisure - Play - Toys
Objects and Artifacts - Recreational Artifacts - Toy - Box, Music
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts