Toy Steam Shovel

Description
The Moline Pressed Steel Company of East Moline, Illinois made this Buddy “L” Steam Shovel toy around 1926. Buddy “L” toys were named after the son of the owner of the company, Fred Lundahl. The company first made auto and truck parts, and then branched out into making hardy toys with moving parts. The company also made toy cars, dump trucks, delivery vans, fire engines, and construction equipment. The manufacturer marketed the toys to boys, claiming “They appeal to boys because they really work.”
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1926
maker
Moline Pressed Steel Company
Place Made
United States: Illinois, East Moline
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 3/4 in x 20 5/8 in x 9 in; 34.925 cm x 52.3875 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
ER.314637.12614
accession number
314637
catalog number
314637.12614
Credit Line
Bequest of Edith R. Meggers
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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