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Moon Rocket Kiddie Ride
- This "Moon Rocket" coin-operated ride was created in the midst of the 20th century space race
- At the press of a button, it counts down, "blasts off" and spins 360 degrees
- It represents the excitement around the new technological advancements of the space age
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“Kiddie rides,” as they are commonly called, got their start in 1931 when Missouri inventor James Otto Hahs built a mechanical horse as a Christmas present for his children. He went on to create a commercial coin-operated version cast in aluminum called the Hahs Gaited Mechanical Horse, and he teamed up with Exhibit Supply Company to distribute it across America. By 1953, kiddie rides were described as America’s fastest-growing business by Billboard Magazine. Today, vintage children’s rides like this are extremely difficult to find, especially in such excellent working condition, and they are highly coveted by collectors of antique toys and Americana.
27" diameter x 82 1/4" high