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Toy Motor Van - 'P.M.G.', Wooden, 1942-1944 Object Reg. No: SH 891606

Summary:
Wooden toy van, painted red with 'P.M.G.' painted in black letters on each side. On the base are stamped the letters 'W.O.I.' and 'Permit N. 160'.

Toy specialist Marjorie Fainges says 'W.O.I.' stands for 'War Organisation Industry', and without this permit one could not legally manufacture toys between 1942 and 1944 in Australia.
Description:
Wooden toy van, painted red with 'P.M.G.' painted in black letters on each side. Flat bottom; curved top which ends in a point at one side. Van made out of one piece of timber. Has four wheels made of masonite. Each pair of wheels, front and back, are joined by a metal rod. A metal hook at the back may have been intended to pull the van along.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5 cm (Height), 21.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: domestic life, home fronts, manufacturing, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Transport Toys
Tertiary Classification: road
Inscriptions: 'P.M.G.' painted in black letters on each side.

On the base are stamped the letters 'W.O.I.' and 'Permit N. 160'.
Organisation Named: Australia: Post Master General's Department (PMG), Australia, 1942-1944

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