Roller coaster

ca. 1930

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

LaMarcus Adna Thompson patented the first roller coaster in 1885. Thrill seekers, nostalgia buffs, and anybody who wanted to have a great ride have enjoyed the attractions ever since. Handymen constructed homemade "backyard" coasters both in the past and today, and mechanical publications printed plans for them over the years. Around 1930, a Rochester dentist purchased this metal toddler coaster for his son. Probably purchased at a Western Auto or hardware store, the device consists of three pieces of metal track with one end higher and a rise in the middle. A kiddie car with special wheels completes the toy. After the car rolls down the hill and over the bump, it continues along the lawn. Several generations of the same family enjoyed this special toy.

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  • Title: Roller coaster
  • Date Created: ca. 1930
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: roller coaster
  • Type: Outdoor Play
  • Medium: metal, rubber
  • Object ID: 111.5918
  • Credit Line: Gift of Jo Ann Trolley in memory of Dr. Richard W. Trolley