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"Pedaling Man" Early Advertising Whirligig
Here is a wonderful early 20th Century advertising whirligig of a pedaling man towing a "sail" or board. We understand these were originally sold as a kit and unpainted. Shop keepers and business owners would buy the kit and paint the whirligig including information about their business on the "sail". They were displayed in front of their establishment to attract attention.
The front part of the whirligig, the pedaling man and the propeller, measures 18" front to back and 27" tall. The "sail" was missing so we improvised with a sheet metal Mobil Oil sign - it is a bit late for the whirligig but the size is right. On the stand the whole thing measures 49" tall.
As you can see, we couldn't resist putting our advertising on the replacement "sail." The stand is old but not original to this piece. It will be easy enough for you to customize it to your taste by painting over this information or substituting an old piece of advertising you own.
The pedaling man (made of zinc) and propeller are in original condition and in good working order. There are traces of the original paint remaining.
This is just one of those folk art pieces from the 1920's or 30's that make you smile.
Because of the size and complexity of this piece we will quote crating, shipping and insurance costs at the time of your interest. We offer personal delivery within 100 miles of Philadelphia and in New England in conjunction with our travels.