My mom has always been good about giving her children some remnants of our childhood memories.. and this remnant is definitely no exception and one of my most favorite childhood memories. Ironically, it's not because I necessarily remember riding it myself, but because I have always remembered seeing pictures of my brothers ride it.
This Tri-Ang Sulky Horse is a child's peddle car from the early to mid 1950's. Isn't it adorable?
A while back my husband and I did some research on it during the days when we had no children and not as much responsibility so we had thoughts of restoring it. My husband restores antique cars and trucks so it was a natural fit. Unfortunately, we could never get enough information to find the parts..
We took all sorts of pictures of it, angles in all directions and emailed the pictures to various groups asking for help in finding manufacturers that could help us replace some of the worn parts. As you will see, the horse's mane is not the original. I believe originally the mane was a hard rubber like replica of a mane. When that dry rotted my dear father-in-law replaced it with what he thought would fit best which were cuttings from a mop head.
I kind of like it even better now because he had the thought of doing that and now it's a memory of him as well.
Isn't it strange that I don't remember riding this adorable toy? One would sit in it and push the peddles hard to make the wheels go round and take you where you wanted to go. In the pictures that I remember I saw my brothers riding it along with their childhood friends.
For me, I just love it because it was a part of our childhood, a childhood that I lovingly shared with both my brothers. I'm sure at one point or another I rode on it, I just don't recall it..
However, what I am enjoying is the look of it in my living room as it brings such a warmth and childish glow to the room. For some, it may be just a decoration, but for me, it's definitely something more special..
As you can see, we never did restore it, and you know what, I'm kinda glad, because it's just too special to me just the way it is..
In another post, I'll show you some of the other vintage toys we have around the house.. I think you'll like them!