Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Radio Flyer Wagons

Almost every parent has heard of the infamous Radio Flyer Wagons and other toys......but what you probably didn't know is that they were created by an Italian!! Antonio Pasin came to America from a small town outside of Venice in 1914. After a few years of hard work, he managed to save enough money to begin a small business making wood wagons.

By 1923, he had hired several employees and improved his design using metal stamping, as done in automobile manufacturing. He named his company Liberty Coaster Company after the statue of liberty, and he named his Radio Flyer Wagons after Marconi's (another great Italian) invention of the radio, and Pasin's own love for flying.

So today, thanks to the creative mind of Antonio Pasin, we have these adorable radio flyer wagons and scooters (as seen here, my son's pride and joy). Pasin began a company that is still going strong today, and as one of the oldest toy companies is still family owned! Salute Italia!

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