Private Stash: Midgetoy

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It’s often the smallest things that make me the happiest. As is the case with this futuristic 1950s die cast toy car with an apt, yet very politically incorrect, name: Midgetoy. At about the size of a Matchbox car, I nearly walked right past this at a flea market. Miniature toy cars aren’t something I’m on the hunt for—I’m usually scanning for larger game. But this little red rocket car caught my eye and I couldn’t put it down. It’s so quintessentially 1950s in its brightness and spaceship-like form. I had to have it. A little research revealed that it was sold between 1950 and 1959 in many colors and is a replica of the first car to break the 200 mph land speed record at the Bonneville Nationals. These commonly sell in the $20-$30 range, so it was well worth the $2 I dropped on it. I keep it with my other vintage toys on the staircase where it serves as a daily reminder to that you find the best things when you aren’t looking for them.

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