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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.

Almost For Real

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!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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