Matthews Tether Car Tire Mold, circa 1940

Summary

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were raced individually while tethered to a central pivot, or against each other on a scaled-down board track. The Matthews Foundry used this mold to produce rubber tires for its line of tether cars. The removable insert disc allowed either hollow or solid tires to be made.

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were raced individually while tethered to a central pivot, or against each other on a scaled-down board track. The Matthews Foundry used this mold to produce rubber tires for its line of tether cars. The removable insert disc allowed either hollow or solid tires to be made.

Artifact

Mold (Shaping tool)

Date Made

circa 1940

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.39

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Eric Zausner and the E-Z Spindizzy Foundation.

Material

Steel (Alloy)

Color

Bronze (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 2.125 in

Width: 10.5 in

Diameter: 6 in

Inscriptions

Outside: MATTHEWS TIRE | SHK 020 394 JR | 5624 Inside: **MATTHEWS** | *FRESNO* | *CALIF.* | *6.00-17*

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