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n 1917, Antonio Pasin, a young Italian immigrant, purchased some used woodworking equipment and set about hand-crafting wooden wagons in a rented one-room shop. He made wagons at night and peddled them during the day, carrying samples around in a battered suitcase. Business grew steadily, allowing him to hire a helper and eventually, in 1923, founded the Liberty Coaster Company, which he named after the Statue of Liberty. Antonio saw how his wagons made dreams come true for kids across America. But he also saw hoe traditional handcrafting could produce relatively few wagons each day, so he turned to the auto industry for inspiration and began to use metal-stamping technology to produce his wagons. With his eye for innovation, Antonio applied mass-production techniques to wagon-making, creating the first wagon, “For every boy. For every girl.” This earned him the nickname, “Little Ford.”

By 1930, his company operated under a new name, Radio Steel & Manufacturing, and was already the world's largest producer of coaster wagons. However, these were hard times for America, and during this period Americans learned how to make do, or simply do without. But even in tough times they dreamed of a better life for their children, and continued to demand the basic value that Radio Flyer delivered. Throughout the 1930's, the new coaster wagon factory never closed it doors. In fact, Antonio often said with pride that even during the Depression, his factory produced more than 1,500 wagons a day.

The names Antonio gave his toy wagons captured the spirit of the times. For the wagon that has become an icon, the popular Model #18, he chose the word Radio, because everyone was fascinated by the radio, the new wireless invention of the fellow Italian Guglielmo Marconi; and Flyer, which gave a nod to the wonder of flight.



Classic Red Wagon
#18 Classic Red Wagon
This full-sized Radio Flyer wagon is a symbol of American childhood. It's the little red wagon that's been in continuous production for over 60 years. The model #18 features full-sized seamless all-steel body, no-scratch rolled edges, extra long handle that folds under, steel wheels with semi-pneumatic rubber tires.



#18 Classic Red Wagon.
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Trav-ler Wagon
Model #22 Trav-ler Wagon
A full-size stake-side wagon with style. The Radio Flyer Trav-ler features natural finished select American wood sides. The model #22 features an extra long handle that folds under, and steel wheels.



Model #22 Trav-ler Wagon.
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