From the mid-1800s until the mid-1900s, American toy makers used cast iron to make toys for the growing number of middle-class families. Manufacturers preferred cast iron because the United States had rich deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone-three crucial materials in the production of usable iron-and because the sand-mold process streamlined production and reduced costs. Cast-iron vehicles became especially popular, including horse-drawn fire wagons, circus wagons, trains, cars, planes, and-like this X model-streetcars. Cast-iron toys remained in production until World War II, when manufacturers dedicated their time and materials to the war effort.


  • Title: Streetcar
  • Date Created: ca. 1925
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: rail transportation
  • Type: Transportation Toys
  • Medium: cast iron, paint
  • Object ID: 77.5303

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