Radio Flyer Wagon Resource

Written by Jessica Duquette
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For over 85 years, the Liberty Coaster Line, maker of the classic American Radio Flyer wagon, has been a heroic symbol in the eyes of many Americans. From childrens' wagons to war supplies, the company has grown along with the nation for nearly a century.

In 1917, Venice native Antonio Pasin saved up enough money to purchase equipment for his own wood shop in Chicago. At night, he custom built wagons and before long found himself running a small, but successful business, despite the hard economic times. Through the 1930s, these wagons remained a staple in the American home and filled many childhood dreams.

An American Hero

The history of Radio Flyer wasn't comprised entirely of making young children cackle with glee while tugging their friends around the neighborhood. Tough times began in the 1940s when America found itself at war. Asked to halt manufacturing, Radio Flyer began to produce "blitz cans" for the war effort. From 1942 until 1945, Radio Flyer ceased production of wagons and focused all its resources on the war.

After the Great Depression and the difficult 40s, Radio Flyer again broke into many American households in the 1950s. Their red wagons, newly modeled after popular television shows such as the Mickey Mouse Club, were a must-have among children, but the company had begun to break into different markets. Now offering housewives a little help with gardening, many American homeowners found themselves with several Radio Flyer Wagons.

Dedication to Safety

With each new innovation, Radio Flyer wagons gained more American appeal. During these periods of change, Radio Flyer never wavered from the principals of the original product. Children's safety has been and continues to be one of the most important factors in Radio Flyer products. All wagons, bikes, scooters and tricycles are made with top quality materials and come with safety guarantees.

Today, children's toys are shockingly different from the 1920s. From video games and toy guns to computers and the Internet, children are being steered away from the wholesome, traditional fun of their grandparent's childhood. Why not turn back the clock and spend the afternoon with your three year old, pulling them down neighborhood streets in a Radio Flyer wagon? Pry them away from the TV or log them off the Internet and build memories that will not be forgotten.

Now, while we encourage you to turn back the clock and remember what good ole' fashion fun was, we don't expect you to revert back to old school methods of shopping. Times have changed, and it's easier than ever to locate the products you're looking for. You can use the Web to find just the right gift for your son or daughter.


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