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Streak-O-Lite Wagon

October 4th, 2010 · 32 Comments

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The Streak-O-Lite wagon was manufactured by Radio Steel & Manufacturing, a company that later became known as Radio Flyer, Inc. The company was founded by Antonio Pasin, a man who emigrated from Italy at the age of 16 and started his own toy wagon business in 1917 with little more than ingenuity and a lot of hard work. The Streak-O-Lite coaster wagon was introduced in 1934, amid the Depression of the 1930s. Although people were forced to live with less, they desired better lives for their children and continued to purchase wagons. Because of this, the wagon factory was able to remain open through the depression, producing 1,500 wagons a day.

Streak-O-Lite Coaster Wagon

The Streak-O-Lite’s styling was based on that of the Zephyr streamline trains with their Art Deco design. In addition to the streamline design, the coaster wagon came with details like control dials and functioning headlights. It retailed for $5 at the time.

1934 Radio Flyer

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tete // Jan 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I have a photo of this wagon with my dad and his brothers taken ‘38-’39. Thanks for the information to go along with an old family photo.

  • 2 Don // May 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I am looking for the stickers on the wagon please contact me if you have them or know where i can get them

  • 3 Deco-dog // May 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I have the very same wagon, only mine has different headlights… they are smaller, built-in and have snap-on bezels. Mine also has different, solid wheels and hubcaps. It’s completely original, not repainted and is red with the train images on the sides, and a “dashboard” with decal, as well as a decal on the very front.

  • 4 susan petersen // Jun 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I just found one that looks just like this but it is just totally red. No writing on it at all and no head lights. It is just painted read. Is it real or what?

  • 5 Todd // Jun 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I have one of these, needs restored. Anyone know where I can get parts for it

  • 6 Dave // Jul 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    My wagon has solid wheels and I am looking to find where I can get reproduction sticker set for it? My Uncle got this new so it is priceless to me. I want to restore it to new condition

  • 7 Joann Sheppard // Jul 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I have an Aero Flite coaster wagon given to the kids in our family for Christmas, 1947. The story is that it was purchased @Western Auto in Hood River, OR. Supposedly, it was dark blue with silver on the outside of the base. The tires, hubs, and handle mechanism are the same as the 1930’s Silver Streak. I have never seen another like this and would like to have it restored. Does anyone have any information that might help? I can supply a picture, if requested.

  • 8 Joann Sheppard // Jul 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Need info to restore 1947 Aero Flite coaster wagon purchased at Western Auto Store in Hood River, Oregon.

  • 9 renee // Sep 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Can you please tell me the value of this wagon ,not restored.

  • 10 vintagevending // Sep 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Renee,
    Unfortunately we cannot do appraisals or estimations of value for vintage objects. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion and to promote the collecting and restoration of vintage objects. To find a rough idea of an item’s worth, it would be a good idea to check online auctions to see final sale prices or to talk to other collectors, maybe at flea markets and shows.

  • 11 barbara // Sep 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Would it be possible to get a close up photo of the front decal (between the headlights) and the dash decals? I have one to restore but my decals are unreadable and I would like to have reproductions made.

    Best regards,
    Barbara

  • 12 barbara // Sep 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    corrected email address

  • 13 Joseph H. Hall // Oct 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    In 1938, I was six years old. I remember going to the second floor of the Haynes and Kane’s Furniture Store on the north side of Main Street in Bennington, VT. In the front section of the second floor, with windows looking out onto Main Street, I was shown a little red wagon with two head lights built into the front panel of the wagon. Being age six, I felt that wagon would be the coolest thing to own. I knew full well, due to the economy in those days, it was not to be.
    A few days later, Haynes and Kane’s Furniture Store was completely destroyed by fire. After the fire was extinguish, I remember standing across the street from the destroyed buildings feeling very sad about the destruction of that little red wagon with the headlights built into the front panel.
    The following information is taken from the Bennington Evening Banner of November 3rd, 1938.
    Three buildings on the north side of Main Street were totally destroyed by an early morning fire on November 3, 1938. Three business and two upstairs apartments were completely destroyed; they were Haynes and Kane’s Store, the Stark Restaurant and Whelen’s Drug Store. The Stark Restaurant and Whelan’s Drug Store occupied the ground floor of the Evans’ building, owned by Joe Evans, now the site of Evans News. The adjacent building, owned by Sam Margolin, had the dining area for the restaurant, now the site of the Bennington Pizza House. Haynes and Kane’s Furniture Store owned their building, which was at 428 Main Street, today the site of Madison Brewing Company.
    The Banner article of November 3, 1938, stated, the cause of the fire was unknown. However, as my childhood memory serves me, the fire started in the kitchen of the Stark Restaurant.
    The Banner article reported: “An explosion believed caused by heat at 2:40 (in the morning) blew out the front windows on the second floor of the Haynes and Kane block.” (There goes that little red wagon). The force was so great as to hurl to the ground the upper half of the brick wall on the east side of the building. Most of the bricks tumbled separately but one section about four feet square fell intact and buried itself in the lawn of the adjoining Methodist Church.”
    For many years, Twin State Gas & Electric Company had gas mains in the streets of Bennington, supplying gas to homes and businesses. The intense fire caused four gas meters to melt and gas mains to break, which fed gas into the fire, making it very difficult to extinguish the inferno. The fire department and the gas company could not turn off the gas supply to the Village. If they did shut the system down, it would cause pilot lights to go out. When the gas supply was resumed, gas would be fed into the houses through the unlit pilot lights, causing people to suffocate. Hence, the firemen fought the gas fed inferno with lots of water.
    Seven lines of fire hose, totaling about 5,000 feet, were laid from hydrants and the Walloomsac River. Two fire trucks were stationed one at the North Street bridge and the other at the School Street bridge, pumping water to the fire.
    Not only were three buildings on Main Street lost, due to the fire, but also the little red wagon was gone. I never saw another wagon like it, with head lights built into the front panel.

  • 14 robert burel // Oct 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    i have a strek-o-lite but on the sides it has speed-meter-racer i need what goes in the dash and looks like there was something that goes into a slot on the bottom bed of the wagon

  • 15 Tom // Nov 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have a coaster wagon I need to ID. Where can I get help?

  • 16 Charlie // Dec 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I have a Streak-O-Lite given to me by my grandparents in 1939. Does anyone know where I can get restoration parts or have it restored?

    Thanks

  • 17 JOHN GRASKEWICZ // Dec 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I need stickers and headlights for my surely o lite Can anyone help. Do all of the wagons have the slotted wheels or ate some solid wheels.

  • 18 denise // Dec 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I have a 6 wheel wagon with green sideboards with highway king stenciled on sideboards, can anyone tell me what it is and how much it is worth

  • 19 Frank De La Garza // Feb 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I have a ATLAS RED WAGON ,Want know what it’s worth or if some body wants to buy it,
    THANKS

  • 20 Mont // Mar 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I have a completely restored Streak o lite and would be happy to send pics. It has slotted wheels. I also have a set of solid wheels, but they’re in pretty rough shape.

    monster84152@yahoo.com

  • 21 PJ // Apr 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Am looking for headlight / horn parts and reproduction decals for a Radio Flyer, Streak-O-Lite wagon. Can you help.

  • 22 Bobby Copas // Apr 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

    am lookin for a good place to find repo headlights for the “Streak o Lite”, Had it layin around for a few years now but just identified it today….I’m estatic! This thing has a story to tell, I will not be restoring it to original (pretty ruff) but I won’t stray too far from it, I will not alter the body lines for obvious reasons but the floor pan will be custom because it is cancerous. The info here is awesome, though I’m only 38, I love to see these old toyz brought back from the dead!

  • 23 vintagevending // Apr 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Bobby,
    Thank-you for the positive feedback on our site! Unfortunately, I do not know of anyone that manufactures or sells replacement headlights. Your best bet is probably in a forum such as this one where other collectors may be able to supply you with replacement headlights or may know someone else that has them. Check online auctions and sites like Craigslist. Good luck with your collecting!

  • 24 John Bolebruch // May 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I have a 1935 Sreak-O-Lite wagon which I recently Restored. Sevcral Years ago I bought the correct Artillery Wheels which I have been told , by Portal Pedal Cars, ar no longer available. I cut down Plastic Flash lights and rewired them, to make th headlights which I lost and used the Flash light body to hold the Batteries inside and put the body inside of a purchase battery Box. The swich on the Bastery Box Sucks, so I Use the flashight body switch to turn the lights on and off. It works and looks like the original. I got all the Decals from one of the Pedal Car Dealers and bought The Hub Caps (wrong ones b ut look nice) from Portal. The Flash lights (They Just fit and once in are stayin In)which poke hrough the holes in the Wag on are the right size and here are places that will Chrome plate Plastic which I plan to do in the future, Paint???
    No one could tell me the Paint color exactly, even radio Flyer, so I did a Krylon Fire Engine Red, but I feel is a little red. (Went to Krylon and RF whom said they use Krylon)

  • 25 adam stout // May 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I picked up a streak o lite wagon at a swap meet here in Iowa for $80.00 Its solid but rusty with the solid wheels. And on the side of it you can barely make out the lettering for Chiffon White Soap Flakes.

  • 26 Alan Schmit // Sep 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve owned several of the Streak – o – lite wagons, and have seen them under various names, the one I have currently reads “Sunshine Flyer” with a picture of the Sunshine Bakery/Foods baker. I recently saw another badged as a “Royal Blue Flyer” which I’ve never seen before and am not sure if it’s original or not either. Thanks Vintage Vending for providing this forum to discuss these iconic wagons!

  • 27 Mike // Nov 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I am currenlty restoring a streak o lite and have found a vendor for the front sticker if anyone needs one. Does anybody have a good close picture of the dash sticker? If so please email me with it? Also I am shopping around for a streak o lite with heads lights or any other 30’s wagon. Thanks! trooper3164@yahoo.com

  • 28 Bob // Mar 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’m looking for the light kit, battery box and switch for a similar wagon. Wanting to restore a Globe Aero Lite pull push wagon that used to have operating lights. Can anyone tell me where I might find lights, battery box, switch, wiring etc.?
    Thanks in advance.
    bobstreasures@rogers.com

  • 29 JEFF // Apr 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I found a Streak-O-Lite at Canton Trades Days this past weekend in a pile of junk. Guy wanted $35 talked him down to $25. The body is good, but that is it. Anybody have any links to find everything else?? JEFFWCOX@YAHOO.COM

  • 30 dawn stottlemyre // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Can anyone please tell me where to get the headlight box and a handle for the streak o lite metal mini red wagon.size being 4 x 5 x 9. Limited Edition. made for radio Flyers 80th anniversary

  • 31 rick b // May 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Does anyone have any info on a wagon name (ranch wagon) or wheel king, can’t find any info on web. Any help would be apreciated. Or maybe send me to correct forum. Thanks

  • 32 Sam // Feb 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I have a car like this Streak-O-Lite. I have found the decals on e-bay but I am now looking for the wheels with the 12 holes. Does anyone out there know where I can find them? choosmt@yahoo.com

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