1953 Garton Cowboy Sidewalk Bike + Texas Bronc

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1953 Garton Cowboy Sidewalk Bike

with Texas Bronc Accessory Horse Head and Saddle

 

 

 

 

The Garton is a tot-sized sidewalk bicycle, usually fitted with stabilisers. I bought it from my friend Ed. I also bought a ‘Texas Bronc’ horse head and saddle, a period accessory used to ‘westernise’ a child’s tricycle or bicycle. I’ll update this page after all the items have arrived

1951 HEDSTROM COWBOY SIDEWALK BICYCLE ADVERT

As you can see below, Hedstrom made a similar tot-size cowboy sidewalk bike

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1950s TEXAS BRONC

Southern Toy Mfg Co, Waco, Texas

 

 

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BALTZ V. BOTTO, (W.D.TENN. 1956)

The Baltz ‘Suspended Horse’ patent (below) did not cover the application of a horse head made to fit a bicycle/tricycle. The court case actually refers to an earlier company that the manufacturer of the ‘Texas Bronc’ was associated with. American court case notes have been archived for some time on the internet, and can provide excellent research information.

WILLIAM BALTZ, INDIVIDUALLY, AND WONDER PRODUCTS COMPANY, A CORPORATION, PLAINTIFFS, V. AMELIA T. BOTTO, INDIVIDUALLY, AND V.F. BOTTO COMPANY, A PROPRIETORSHIP, AND SOUTHERN TOY MANUFACTURING COMPANY, A CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS. CIV. NO. 2738. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, W.D. TENNESSEE, W.D. OCTOBER 31, 1956.

3. The plaintiff, William Baltz, is the patentee and owner of United States Patent No. 2,437,015, issued on March 2, *471471 1948, entitled “Suspended Horse”, and of the reissue thereof, Re. 23,849, dated July 13, 1954; and the plaintiff Wonder Products Company, a Tennessee corporation organized on April 28, 1955, is the exclusive licensee under said original and reissue patent and the said plaintiffs have the right to jointly bring this action.

4. Defendant, Southern Toy Manufacturing Co., is a Texas corporation having its principal office and place of business at Waco, Texas, and is the manufacturer of the “Texas Bronc” and other spring-suspended hobby horses complained of in Civil Action No. 2738, typical models of which are portrayed in Pltfs. Exs. W-3, W-16, W-12, W-13 and W-14, and is selling and has sold said spring-suspended horses within this district within six years prior to the filing of the complaint in this action.

15. Plaintiff, Wonder Products Company, and its predecessors, have made minor changes in the structure and design of its various commercial spring-suspended horses sold as the regular “Wonder Horse,” the “Wonder Horse DeLuxe”, the “Wonder Mare”, and the “Wonder Pony” and have paid royalties to Baltz under the exclusive license on all such models of spring-suspended hobby horses, said royalties totalling $239,849.41, from May 1, 1949 through December 31, 1955.

baltz patent

Texas Bronc court case thanks to – https://casetext.com/case/baltz-v-botto

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