An early way to freedom for a young boy in the 1950s was to get a pedal car. They came in the form of aeroplanes, cars, tractors and I am sure other forms. It allowed the user to get around the city block, driveway or backyard. You could pedal fast and start feeling the rush of wind in your hair. It was the first step to a tricycle or a bicycle.
This is a nice AMF two-speed and looks like the owner kept it in nice condition. These are prized collectables today and not many survived in pristine condition as they eventually got left in the yard and out in the rain and rusted.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured on our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.