Friday, January 12, 2007

Mystery Toy



Can anyone identify the riding toy in the picture? I played with a much newer model as a kid but never knew the proper name for the toy. For you antique car buffs, the car at the extreme left of the photo is an early Chrysler. The photo is from approximately 1925.

Thanks to Jane for identifying the toy as an Irish Mail. If you would like to learn more about the history and development of Irish Mails, please click here.

11 Comments:

Blogger Jane said...

I believer that's and Irish Male. You push with your feet and pull with your arms to make it move forward.

11:43 PM, January 13, 2007  
Blogger Jane said...

oops - "an" Irish Male.

11:44 PM, January 13, 2007  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Thanks for the identification and information!

11:40 AM, January 15, 2007  
Anonymous Some Random Dude said...

Irish Mare
"Mare" as in a female horse.

12:18 PM, October 19, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one thats looks like the one pic with no one on it. Its in great shape and would love to know how much its worth

7:24 PM, November 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is called an irish mail, fashioned in a sort after the bicycle version carriers used in ireland at the turn of the century. the 50's version was made by a company calle dplastic block city of chicago, was red with a yellow seat and handles and was steered with your feet, and was the talk of my neighborhood. it was stolen more than once, but was always recovered due to its uniqueness. hope this helps.

12:03 AM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had one of these growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago in the 1960s. It was red and yellow just like the other poster mentioned. I could go pretty much as fast as the people on bikes. Does anyone know if any still exist? What happened to the Plastic Block company? Was their version ever patented?
Thanks

11:50 PM, August 28, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have my mother and uncle's Irish mail. She was born in 1927 and he in 1931, both in Massillon Ohio. Mine is mostly wood, faded green originalpaint, metal wheels and was foot powered. It has a handle that appears to push and pull as you go. I have never seen one like it an ebay auction or an internet site.Am curious of its worth.

10:48 PM, September 07, 2010  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I used to have an Irish Mail when I was growing up in Greencastle, Indiana. What a workout! Kids were tougher then.

8:50 PM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an irishmail from the 1950's with the yellow seat and red body. It's in perfect condition. Made by the Chicago Irishmail Company. (name is on the back) If anyone is interested in it, email Ladykc4@hotmail.com. I am considering selling it.

11:56 AM, October 05, 2011  
Anonymous Dave McRae said...

I had one of these that we got for Christmas about 1945. It was made out of metal and had rubber wheels. It was one of my favorite all time toys!

8:47 PM, December 21, 2011  

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