This pedal car is named after the "World's Champion Harness Horse." In 1906, Dan Patch set an unbeatable world record for pacers by completing a mile in 1 minute and 55 seconds. This record is still held today. Dan Patch became famous, and his owner, Marion Savage was quick to capitalize on the craze. He used Dan Patch to advertise everything from cigars to washing machines and even sold Dan Patch's tail hairs. This pedal car was part of Savage's business plan and his name can be found on a plate inside the frame rail. This pedal car is made of wood and metal, which were common materials for children's toys during this time.
Ralph L. Tomlinson Toy Collection, "Learning Through Play" Exhibit in Leatherby Library
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