Backyard Roller Coaster, circa 1960's, Manufacturer unknown, Sold by Montgomery Ward
When I first saw the above ad for a backyard roller coaster, I was struck by two things.
1) What a great toy!
2) How much liability insurance would you need if you were manufacturing this toy today?
Back in the 1960's and before, parents expected their kids to get hurt. It was part of play. Whether it was right or wrong, it allowed the creation of really cool ways to play. I don't know about you, but even today I would love to own one of these.
J. Chein Mechanical Tin Lithograph, circa early 1950's
As I researched toy roller coasters, I found that the J. Chein company was a big player in mechanical toys. The company was founded in 1903, the same year that the Toy Building came into being. Interestingly, the address on the box is listed as 200 Fifth Avenue, the Toy Building's address. J. Chein may very welll have been an original tenant.
Roller Coaster Car, Wolverine, circa 1930's
The Wolverine Toy Company was, like J. Chein, founded in 1903 (must have been something in the water that year). They made tin and metal toys that included cool products like the above metal roller coaster car.
Technofix Coney Island Roller Coaster, circa 1950's
If any of you are familiar with the Technofix toy company let us know. I had not heard of them but love the above Coney Island set complete with the Hippodrome.