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Two Firsts: ads for very first electric toy train, and first automobile ad...



Item # 662266

October 22, 1898

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Oct. 22, 1898 

* 1st electric toy train: ad for Carlisle and Finch
* 1st automobile advertisement - horseless carriage


For the model railroad hobbyist & car enthusiast  this issue has two significant advertisements.
First, an illustrated ad for the very first electric toy train: "Carlisle & Finch Co." of Cincinnati, Ohio. The ad is for their toy "Electric Railways, $3.50 to $7." Carlisle & Finch was the creator of the very first electric toy train. They first appeared in 1897 making this a very early advertisement. The ad measures a bit less than 1 by 2 1/2 inches.
Secondly, the first automobile advertisement ever published in America is on the back page (not the first appearance, which was in the July 30, 1898 issue). The top of the back page has an advertisement headed: "The Winton Motor Carriage...manufactured by "The Winton Motor Carriage Co., Cleveland, Ohio". Other details mentioned in the ad, plus a photo of a couple riding in the vehicle.
The advertisement measures 2 5/8 by 2 1/8 inches.
Sixteen pages, 11 by 16 inches, a few old tape mends, good condition.

Category: Post-Civil War