Cape Gazette

Cruisin' rolls in to Rehoboth Beach

New museum hopes to spur memories
By Taggart Houck | Jul 03, 2014
Photo by: Taggart Houck The Rehoboth Beach Museum opened Cruisin', its newest exhibit.

Rehoboth Beach — Ever wanted to step back in time to your childhood?

Rehoboth Beach Museum thinks you will with a visit to Cruisin’, which opened May 24.

Antique tin toys, peddle cars and bicycles from the 19th and 20th centuries loaned from area collectors are on display to bring back nostalgic memories.

Cruisin’ aims to trigger memories of a time when the biggest concern was choosing which toy with wheels to play with first.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., near the Rehoboth Beach traffic circle. For information call (302)-227-7310.

A Ranch Wagon with an airplane hood ornament produced by the Murray Manufacturing Company about 1951 sits on display. The car is part of the 'sad face' series because its grill is placed upside down. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
This Irish Mail car was created in the early 1900s. It is reported that U.S. mailmen delivered mail using these cars in the early 20th century. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Chris Darr, personnel manager of Funland stands next to his refurbished peddle car passed down in his family since his uncle received it as a child. Darr joked about the safety of his car compared to today's safety standards for toys. "It's funny how things have changed," he said. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Program coordinator Barbara Smith holds a tin car by German toy manufacturer Schuco, once one of the largest toy companies in Germany. The car was built right after World War II. "Museums first take us back into history to remind others who weren't there," she said. "And what better way to show folks than to take them back to their childhood?" (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
The High Wheel bicycle, created in the late 19th century, shows how bikes have changed. The first version of a bicycle was a walking machine invented by a royal in the early 19th century to get around his gardens. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
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