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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

Lil Scrappers: 1942

Lil Scrappers: 1942

October 1942. "Manpower, junior size. The charge of the scrap brigade in Roanoke, Virginia, includes such methods of collecting as this pony cart. The patriotic and energetic youngsters of the town are making an all-out effort to corner every available piece of scrap in the city, so that their soldier and sailor brothers will have the shells, guns, and tanks with which to beat the Axis." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Valentino Sarra for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Irish Mail

I've known the three wheeler as an Irish Mail. You propel it by moving the handle forward and backward; the bottom of the handle is connected by a rod to a crank on the rear axle. A quick check of Ebay shows a four-wheeler (the most expensive one listed) being offered for $1,500. There are many others for far less.

Not 3 wheel

That contraption is called an Irish Mail and it had 4 wheels...when I was a kid I had one, very cool

This is why they're so valuable today

I shudder to think what that pedal car and three wheel contraption would be worth today.

 
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