Structo Toy Tractor

Description
The Structo High-Wheel Tractor was produced by Structo Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois. It was a generic lightweight tractor model and came with an attached trailer. Founded in 1908, Structo made toy construction sets before selling the patents to A.C. Gilbert Company, the well-known manufacturer of ERECTOR sets. Structo then started manufacturing “Auto-Builder” kits, including the High-Wheel Tractor, that children could assemble into working models. One advertisement proclaimed, “Build a racing car, a classy, roadster-type car, a big, strong truck or a dandy farm tractor.” Structo also made “Ready-Built” toys that required no assembly. In the early 20th century, mechanical toys were popular for boys. These toys celebrated technological advances and were supposed to be a boy’s first step toward a prosperous career in a new world of machines. Structo’s tagline was, “Structo Toys Make Men of Boys.” Companies advertised these toys in magazines targeted at boys or their fathers, such as Boys’ Life, Youth’s Companion, and Popular Mechanics.
Object Name
toy tractor
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 7 in x 11 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 17.78 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
AG*19A01.1
catalog number
19A01.1
accession number
64098
subject
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the Toy Manufacturers of the United States, New York, New York
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