The push-and-pull action turning an eccentric rear axle is one of the oldest forms of motivation for early children’s tricycles and pedal cars. It was also cheaper to make than using pedals and chains. The generic term for this type of tricycle is an ‘Irish Mail’.
Parents considered it beneficial to buy Irish Mails for their young boys to build up their strength. This type of tricycle worked for boys up to an age of around eight years old.
1949 Jerry Boy Irish Mail Tricycle
Sold by Western Auto Stores
Rear wheels 12″
Front wheel 8″
The Jerry Boy featured here has a unique design, and is a well-constructed and sturdy tricycle. This example is in very good original unrestored condition and ready to ride.