Ohio Art Automatic Airport, United States, 1950s, lithographed tin and clockwork motor.
Best remembered for Etch-A-Sketch, Ohio Art was and remains a prolific manufacturer of lithographed tin products – to this very day. If you remember mechanical tops – with free-spinning knobs mounted atop twisted push-rods to charge the internal clockwork mechanism – this toy should look familiar.
Using the same mechanicals, the Airport spins small tin-litho planes around the circular tower with great effect. Think aerodrome and you’ve got it, along with great period artwork.
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