Stanley Plan No. 6 Toy Automobile


A ‘bootleg’ copy of Stanley’s plan for a homemade toy car.

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In a clever bit of practical marketing, this instructional diagram was originally designed in 1926 by the Stanley Works of New Britain, Connecticut to promote innovative uses for its hand tools. It is one of over a dozen different plans issued by the firm but was printed somewhat later as a photocopied reproduction on an original. It’s possible this use was authorized, as a semi-official label can be found affixed to the verso.

When compared to the step-by-step instructions of LEGO or IKEA furniture, it’s evident the instructions were meant for capable hobby carpenters. Only a handful of illustrations are accompanied by a complex set of written instructions. An inventory of the necessary materials and tools (many of which were produced by Stanley) can be seen on the right side.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1960s

Author: The Stanley Works

Sheet Width (in): 18.5

Sheet Height (in): 31.4

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Mid-century reproduction of a 1920s instructional chart. The original was apparently heavily repaired, as the old cellophane tape shows up evidently in the upper center. Some light wear and a few small tears along old fold lines, with a custom cover adhered to the verso. Very good overall.


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