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Vintage 1950’s Chuck Wagon “Kiddie Ride”. Commonly known as the kiddie ride, these coin-operated children’s amusements are over 80 years old. According to The Southwest Missourian, in 1931, Missouri inventor James Otto Hahs decided to make his children a special Christmas present, building a mechanical horse covered in mohair and using a real cow’s tail from the slaughterhouse for the horse’s tail. Realizing he had a potential hit on his hands, he set out to build a commercial coin-operated version. Early wood-carved prototypes were too heavy and too expensive, so Hahs developed his own method of casting large aluminum-framed horses. By 1932, the Hahs Gaited Mechanical Horse was winning design and invention awards. He later teamed up with the Exhibit Supply Company to distribute his horse widely, getting 5 percent of all profits. (Hahs would retire not rich, but well-off enough to tinker in his backyard for the rest of his life on more children’s toys and rides.) By the time Billboard Magazine wrote about kiddie rides in a 10-page feature package in 1953 (back when the magazine covered literal billboards and outdoor amusements, rather than music) kiddie rides were called “1953’s fast-growing business—a rare combination of wholesome fun and clever merchandising.” America’s rapid suburbanization had developed a whole new market for kiddie rides: the shopping center. Unlike the pinball machine, the other great coin-operated amusement of the era, the kiddie ride wouldn’t be relegated to the arcade or amusement park. Instead, it would be used to lure kids into stores, and along with them, their parents. #kiddieride #kiddierides #kiddieridesusa #chuckwagon #jamesottohahs #mechanicalrides #1950s #goodolddays #mechanicalhorse #prescottsnewestantiquemall #prescottantiques #prescottantiquemall #notoncortezstreet #southofthecourthousesquare #324southmontezuma #prescott #prescottaz #prescottarizona #arizona #cowboycountryantiques

One to the next ride! Avocado time!!!! #avocado #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #smoothon #styrofoam #custom

Another custom ride for our friends at Musso Farms. #pumpkin #pumpkinpatch #mussofarmspueblo #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #smoothon #styrocoat #styrofoam #custom

Our most involved piece yet,Beach wagon with built in cooler ready! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #beach #beachwagon #cooler #wagon

Always got something to do here,, piece #2 of 7... very cool jeep beach wagon we have been working on..#gelcoat #fiberglass #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides

Shrimps are ready to go! Really happy with this project,by far the most unusual ride we have made ,yet! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #fiberglass #smoothon #nbc #thegoodplace #cocktailshrimp #carousel

Pluto is all better and ready to go back to his home in Loveland Colorado! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #lovelandcolorado #dairyqueen #plutosnewleg

Open sesame! Turned out awesome!!! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #cocktailshrimp #siliconemold #smoothon

Shell all done!!! Time to cast 3 of these guys, very excited!! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #cocktailshrimp #nbc #fiberglass

I give you Shrimp with saddle! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #cocktailshrimp #shrimp #saddle #nbc

Weve got SHRIMP! Special thanks to Peak Additve for doing this 3-D print for us! #kiddieridesusa #shrimp #3dprinting #peakadditive #sandpaper

Pluto will walk again!fiberglass tomorrow!! Thanks to #20lbfoam #smoothon #epsilon #foamit15 #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides

Green chili looking nice and shiny,finish up the base and this can go to its new home. #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #custom #chillipepper #roastedchiles #fiberglass

These are on their way to The Ice Cream Museum in San Francisco,enjoy everybody! #kiddieridesusa #icecreamsandwich #icecreammuseum #ppgpaint #swingset

On to the next one, ran out of white, no biggie! #kiddieridesusa #icecreamsandwich #icecreammuseum #gelcoat #swingset #fiberglass #fumes

No holiday weekends here, one down one to go.. cant wait to pop this open and see how it turned out.. #kiddieridesusa #icecreamsandwich #icecreammuseum #fiberglass #polyesterresin

Two more side ready to mold.. #kiddieridesusa #icecreamsandwich #icecreammuseum #swingset #gelcoat #fiberglass

First set of mold walls are getting close, then onto gel coat. #kiddieridesusa #icecreamsandwich #moldmaking #moldwall #museumoficecream #swingset

And work has begun on the next project for The Ice Cream Museum, San Francisco.get them cleaned up and ready to mold. #kiddieridesusa #swingset #icecreammuseum #icecreamsandwich #smoothon #styrocoat #styrofoam

Painted like Spirit , pretty happy with how he turned out. #spirithorse #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #champion

Glazed and ready to sand! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #chillipepper #custom #bondo #glaze

Gary fixing up this Champion base,,sometimes the rides are in need of some serous repair,this one being a prime example, #undoingbadrepairs #welding #champion #ballys #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #sandblasted

And thats a glassed pepper, real happy with how this is turning out.. #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #custom #chillipepper #fiberglass #polyesterresin #fumes

Hot Peppers! Get your red hot peppers! This giant is a custom piece for a local customer,,, no molds this time ... #smoothon #styrocoat #hotpeppers #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #custom

Another classic ready for shipment.. #classic #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides

And this is why we take these guys down to bare bones, never had it all come off in one big skin before though.. # paintstripping #sodablasting #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #carousel #carouselponys

Got a nice start on the red hot chilli pepper ride. #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #chillipepper #custom #oneofakind

Did this last week,very happy with how it turned out, #ezsprayjr #smoothon #kiddieridesusa

These two are DONE! Make sure to go check them out at the Ice Cream Museum in San Francisco . #kiddieridesusa #icecreammuseum #kiddierides #ppgpaint #upallnightagain #animalcrackers #fiberglass #museumoficecream

Pink frosting anyone???? Almost done!! #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #pink #animalcrackers #allnighter #frosting #fiberglass #icecreammuseum

Feather filled and ready for more sanding.. #featherfilled #fiberglass #animalcrackers #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #icecreammuseum #custom

Camela Sparkels is out of the mold and getting ready for paint... #smoothon #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #icecreammuseum #siliconemold #fiberglass #animalcrackers

Elephant done and opened!! Now to cast one.. #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #siliconemold #smoothon #custom #animalcrackers #icecreammuseum

Just one more side to mold and we are ready to start casting these two giants!! #fiberglass #molding #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides

Getting close! Have to make a shell for Ellie phant and shes done! Camela needs a shell and then it on to the other side .. looking forward to casting these two next. #molding #smoothon #kiddierides #icecreammuseum #kiddieridesusa #animalcrackers #siliconemold

Trying this out,,, using some foam to fill in the undercuts ,hopefully saving me time on the shell. #kiddieridesusa #smoothon #moldmax30 #moldmaking

Coats #1 and #2 , coming along smoothly #smoothon #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #moldmaking # silicone

Let the silicone begin!!! #kiddieridesusa #smoothon #moldmax30

Mold walls are up ,just a little clay work to do and then its silicone time! #smoothon #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #animalcrackers #elephant

Camila Sprinkleson #animalcrackers #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides

Giant animal crackers coming along nicely.. #smoothon #kiddierides #kiddieridesusa #foam #animalcrackers #icecreammueseum

Let the molding beging!!! #smoothon #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides

And let the coatings begin!!! This here is coat #2 , using smooth-on Epsilon to coat the foam #smoothon #animalcrackers #kiddieridesusa #icecreammueseum

Flying high! #brandonhovet #kiddieridesusa #kiddierides #airplain

Love when we get to put one of these out into the world... #57chevy #kiddieridesusa #chevy #classiscars #nostalgic

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