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.