Radio Flyer Wagon: Toy Hall of Fame Member

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The first Radio Flyer was made in 1927. Photo: Mykl Roventine, Flickr

Radio Flyer is an American toy company best known for Radio Flyer wagons. Invented by Antonio Pasin, Radio Flyer wagons have been a children's favorite for more than 90 years.

Pasin inherited his love of building things from his father and grandfather, who were both cabinet makers. At age 16, Pasin moved from Italy to America and began working odd jobs, saving money to buy woodworking equipment and rent a small workshop. There, he created his first wagon, the "Liberty Coaster," which was named for the Statue of Liberty.

By 1923, Pasin had formed the Liberty Coaster Company and was producing wood and steel wagons. Pasin's company in 1927 began mass-producing the Radio Flyer using techniques pioneered by the automobile industry.

Pasin in 1930 renamed his company the Radio Steel and Manufacturing Company, which soon became the world's largest coaster wagon producer. By the 1950s, Radio Flyers began appearing in movies and television shows, sparking the interest of children everywhere.

Over the years, there have been many incarnations of the Radio Flyer wagon. The 1960s brought the Scat Racer and the Baby Walker. In the 1970s, the company released the yellow Fireball 2001. A decade later, Radio Flyer introduced the Radio Flyer Row Cart, a self-propelled rider. A plastic version of the push-pull model was introduced in the 1990s as well as a retro red Radio Flyer tricycle.

Throughout the years, the classic red Radio Flyer has remained a best-seller. In 2003, the Radio Flyer and Pasin were inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

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