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Posted on Want to restore a wooden sled from 1934

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#1 posted 11-02-2018 04:21 AM

Looks like a Flexible Flyer, though there were similar brands. I lusted after one of these when I was a kid, but never had anything but klutzy sleds with wooden runners I mostly made myself. I ran into one at the dump. Someone had just tossed it into the big dumpster. A couple of young guys (which I’m not) offered to fish it out for me, which they did. The name “Rosebud” meant nothing to them, nor did “Citizen Kane,” nor Orson Wells. So I gave them a ten minute lecture on this historical artifact, and admonished them to see the movie. I have since done a few rides with my 5 yr. old grandson on it during one of our rare NW. snows. We had some great runs, including “catching air” once or twice. The kids nowadays use plastic gizmos, which seem to slide okay, but have no CLASS.

I loved how at the end of the movie, after Kane has muttered “Rosebud” on his deathbed, all the pundits are wondering what it meant. Was it an old girlfriend? An illegitimate daughter? A secret paramour? And then the guys cleaning out his basement toss Rosebud into the furnace, together with all the other trash.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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