The Grand Rapids Public Museum archive includes a Wonderhorse exactly like the one my parents gave me in the early 1960’s while I was still in nursery school.  I have happy childhood memories bouncing around on this particular toy that has very sturdy strong springs and withstood my intensive use, bordering on abuse.  Seeing it in the archives of the public museum was like encountering an old friend.

A little internet searching revealed that this particular “mustang” model was manufactured by Wonder Deluxe in Collierville TN and it apparently rode a wave of popularity around the “wonder horses” that accompanied cowboys in popular entertainment (

I wasn’t very aware of any particular identity that went with this horse, but I loved it as a recreational motion machine.  I think if I had been born two decades later, we may have named him Ritalin.

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