Soapbox car were first produced by the end of ‘800 with the same design as the first real motor cars. Firstly, craftsmen made them only with wood pieces. In the '60, cars were produced on industrial scale with metal components.
Since demand for soapbox cars skyrockets, production shifted to Moplen and plastic for the components for economic and practical reasons. Soapbox cars became a mass product thanks to the fall in price.
Bicycles and Tricycles
Production of children cycle and tricycle started in 1870 to emulate the ones for adult.
They were first manufactured in France. For what it concerns Italy, Giordani, a company based in Bologna, were the pioneers in cycle production, selling since the XIX century.
The materials used at that time were metal for the chassis and wood for the wheels, substituted later with metal and gum tire in 1920, more comfortable for the kids.
Bicycle were highly diffused a decade later thanks to famous Balilla and Giordani and their square-shaped bar for tires, selling more than 100,000 unities. Then, they started producing models with tubular tires.
Prams and buggy
Prams have noble English origin. From the end of 1700, only for the queen and local great ladies.
From the second half of ‘800 prams spread across the population, declined in many forms and produced using many materials such as wood for the body, iron, osier and ceramic.
Rocking horses have ancestral origins. Other than the typical rocking horse with rockers, they could have also been provided with wheels to be dragged or driven like a tricycle.
They were originally made of wood, the horse evolves including different materials like fabrics, straw, resin, metal and papier-mache.
After the wars, new models adding, pedal, crank or galloper system to the buggy.
First carriages dated back up to Baroque period, very few copies were produced and even fewer are still intact today.
In XVIII century, they become more and more common within upper-class families and, in XIX century, also affordable to middle-class families. Carriages for children were usually dragged by dogs, goats or ponies around parks and mansions’ garden.