WPA Michigan Museums Project Toy Soldiers
The New Deal agency known as the WPA (originally, the Works Progress Administration; then changed to the Work Projects Administration) employed artists and craftsmen to construct hundreds of models of America’s past heritage. These models included pioneer dwellings, furniture, tools and implements. They also created a series of dioramas that illustrated farm activities, pioneer activities and building interiors. These models and dioramas were used in museum displays and visual aides in schools. They were intended to educate students, including many immigrant children who were in the process of learning the English language and American history and customs.
Lucky Lindy toys
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born February 4, 1902 in Detroit. He made the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, piloting The Spirit of St. Louis. He landed in Paris to a hero’s welcome and permanent international fame. During 1939 and 1940, Lindbergh was a vocal opponent of American entry into World War II. However, after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, he joined the war effort, eventually flying fifty combat missions in the Pacific.
Kellogg’s Wheel of Knowledge
On February 19, 1906, Will Keith Kellogg incorporated the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flakes Company, later called the W.K. Kellogg Company.
To increase sales, Kellogg’s began offering premiums (or â€œprizesâ€) to Toasted Corn Flakes buyers beginning in 1909. Their first premium, the Funny Jungleland Moving Pictures Booklet, was available to anyone who bought two boxes of the cereal. This same premium was offered for twenty-two years.
In the early 1930s, Kellogg’s offered this â€œWheel of Knowledgeâ€ as a premium in All-Bran, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and PEP cereal. Rotating the wheel gave the user vital statistics about the forty-eight states, while the reverse side informed the reader about Kellogg’s cereals.