Radio Flyer Wagons: Then and Now

Antonio Pasin immigrated from Italy at the age of 16. The family sold a mule to finance his trip to America. He decided in 1927 to build an affordable wagon for kids since he never had one as child. He called it the Radio Flyer because he had an interest in radio and in flying.

He was producing 1,500 toy wagons a day despite the depression. Pasin built a 45 foot statue showing a boy riding a wagon for the 1933 Chicago’s World Fair. The statue drew more interest in the Radio Flyers by selling miniature Radio Flyers for 25 cents under the statue.

The classic Radio Flyer wagon that kids of many generations have enjoyed.

A modern version of the Radio Flyer wagon is shown.

A custom made Radio Flyer wagon built for relaxation.
A low rider version of the Radio Flyer wagon.
A souped up Radio Flyer wagon with room for eight passengers and features a four wheel drive.
A motorized Radio Flyer wagon with padded seat and steering wheel for a wagon that doesn't need to be pushed or pulled..


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Radio Flyer Wagons: Then and Now”

  1. It’s amazing how popular these toy vehicles have become today. I bought the newer plastic wagon for my kids, and a year later had to get the classic metal wagon to satisfy my nostalgic tick.

    The thing I like most, is the quality. I remember having my wagon for 15 years before it finally rusted out from years of water and snow filling up inside it.

    1. For a wagon to last 15 years is amazing especially in an area where it snows. Radio Flyer is one of those special names that you can trust to build good products and I have no business connection with Radio Flyer.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s