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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Dueling Big Wheels: 1968

Dueling Big Wheels: 1968

Christmas Day 1968, Elkins, WV. Big Wheels for brother Bill and me. A ride 'em horsey for sister Kim. Best Christmas ever! View full size.

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That would be Marvel the Mustang sister Kim is astride, another great toy from Marx. Its unforgettable jingle proclaimed "no winding - no batteries".


Ah,the sweet memories. My older brother tied my younger brothers big wheel to the sissy bar of his Stingray bike. Together they sped around the neighborhood taunting other kids to the challenge. They had a good run until Mom caught a glimpse of them through the kitchen window. Gee wiz Mom hes wearing a crash helmet!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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