Runabout, 1876

Summary

Inspired by the lightweight horse drawn vehicles he saw at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Samuel Tooney, a manufacturer of horse drawn racing vehicles, set to making the lightest carriage possible. The result, weighing in at just 96 pounds, is a design masterpiece: practical minimalism derived from refined engineering and fluency with natural materials.

Inspired by the lightweight horse drawn vehicles he saw at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Samuel Tooney, a manufacturer of horse drawn racing vehicles, set to making the lightest carriage possible. The result, weighing in at just 96 pounds, is a design masterpiece: practical minimalism derived from refined engineering and fluency with natural materials.

Artifact

Runabout (Buggy)

Date Made

1876

Creators

Toomey, Samuel, 1830-1910 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Dover 

Creator Notes

Made by Samuel Toomey at S. Toomey & Sons Carriage Manufactory in Dover, Ohio

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

40.216.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ralph Toomey.

Material

Hickory (Wood)
Leather
Metal
Paint (Coating)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)
Brown

Dimensions

Height: 106.375 in

Width: 51 in

Length: 99 in

Wheelbase: 52.5 in

Diameter: 47.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 45.25 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

Plate on rear axle: S. TOOMEY & SON / CANAL.DOVER. O.

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