It’s 1939, and your father drives a convertible Nash coupe. What do you want for your birthday? A pedal car that looks just like Dad’s! The local hardware store, where Dad buys his lightbulbs and wiper blades and tools and shotgun shells, also sells bicycles and other serious toys. Among them a “1939 Nash Sportster” with electric horn, which you can ask for for your birthday.
This final page from the 1939 wholesale catalog of the Higginbotham-Pearlstone Hardware Company of Dallas shows of some of the sleekest streamlined vehicles a boy (or girl) could want. Prices listed are wholesale, and would be marked up by your local hardware store, which means the $23.50 Nash Sportster could sell for perhaps twice as much. It may be hard to believe, but according to inflation calculators that’s nearly $800 in today’s money.
Perhaps a Dad will settle for buying you a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time, instead. (about $42/dozen, wholesale.)
Here’s a real Nash from 1939: