It was around 1920 or '21 when I received my first electric train. It was a complete surprise because the flat that we lived in on Chicago's West Side had no electricity. My dad solved that by buying large dry cell batteries to make it go.
I was hooked on my electric train. It was my favorite toy, but by the time I was 13 we were living in a modest apartment with electricity. Electric trains had changed - they were now wide gauge. I wanted one - any one would do.
You can't image my surprise when on Christmas morning 1927 there was a new electric train - no less than the American Flyer President's Special! I was beside myself! Some years later I learned how much it cost - $94.00!
Some years ago while browsing the magazine rack at the library I spotted one listing among it's contents "What the rich kids got for Christmas in 1927". To my great surprise it was all about my electric train!
I was anything but a rich kid. In later years I always wondered how my parents could have afforded it. We lived frugally, and I had two older brothers. From overhearing my parent's conversation I was aware that my father had money drawn from each paycheck to buy International Harvester stock. I have an idea that he sold a share or two of his stock to pay for it. I am forever grateful!