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Pull toy

Pull toy
Date: between 1920 and 1926
Rectangular-shaped tin frame base with wooden balls painted to look like a person, with black hair and a red body. When pulled the oval frame flips upside down and the red balls slide up down. Remnants of a maker's label on the center ball. A cotton string with a red wooden ball at the end is tied to one end of the toy. It was made between 1920 and 1926. Joseph E. Lake received this toy from his parents, Ralph E. and Ada V. (Hopkins) Lake in the 1920s. He believes he received it before 1926, the year he first attended school. He played with it at successive family homes in Lebo, Strawn, and Pomona, Kansas, between 1920 and 1932. His children played with it in the 1950s while visiting their grandmother.


Steiff donkey

Steiff donkey
Creator: Steiff
Date: between 1920 and 1927
Steiff donkey pull-toy with wooden wheels on metal axles attached to the feet. Covered in gray wool felt with a brown leather saddle and a red felt blanket. Black yarn mane and black horsehair tip on tail. Manufactured by the Steiff Company of Germany. Herbert Huff received this donkey pull-toy as a gift in the early to mid-1920s. An invalid from birth, he died in childhood.


Wooden dachshund pull toy

Wooden dachshund pull toy
Date: between 1920 and 1926
The dog is segmented into three pieces, and is hinged with nails just behind the front legs and just in front of the back legs with wooden wheels at the ends of the legs. It was made between 1920 and 1926. Joseph E. Lake received this toy from his parents, Ralph E. and Ada V. (Hopkins) Lake in the 1920s. He believes he received it before 1926, the year he first attended school. He played with it at successive family homes in Lebo, Strawn, and Pomona, Kansas, between 1920 and 1932. His children played with it in the 1950s while visiting their grandmother.


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