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.
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.
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