"Mystoplane" Toy Airplane Set, 1946-1947

Summary

The "Mystoplane" flies through the air without rubber bands or batteries, but with the wave of a magic wand. In reality, the little airplane is an extremely thin piece of foil, and the wand's mystical power is static electricity. Rubbing the wand against the cloth included in the kit resulted in a static charge that caused the foil airplane to float near the wand's tip.

The "Mystoplane" flies through the air without rubber bands or batteries, but with the wave of a magic wand. In reality, the little airplane is an extremely thin piece of foil, and the wand's mystical power is static electricity. Rubbing the wand against the cloth included in the kit resulted in a static charge that caused the foil airplane to float near the wand's tip.

Artifact

Educational toy

Date Made

1946-1947

Creators

Mastercraft Toy Company Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Made by Mastercraft Toy Company, New York, New York

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2008.23.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Donald R. Brasie.

Material

Aluminum
Cardboard
Foil (Metal)
Tinfoil
Wood (Plant material)
Wool (Textile)

Color

Black (Color)
Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 1.25 in

Width: 19 in

Length: 5.75 in

Inscriptions

on lid of packaging: THE AIRPLANE THAT FLIES AT THE WAVE OF THE MAGIC WAND / MYSTOPLANE / IT'S Scientific - IT'S Educiitonal * ITS Thrilling NO MAGNET / NO BATTERY / MASTERCRAFT TOY COMPANY INC. / 19 West 24th Street, NEW YORK 10, N. Y. / MADE IN U.S.A. / US PATENT GRANTED

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