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    "Racer" Sled

    • Designers: Bertram Lesser, American, born 1924; Morton I. Thomas
    • Manufacturer: Duralite
    • Medium: Aluminum, rubber, other metals
    • Place Manufactured: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
    • Dates: patented March 30, 1965
    • Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 43 x 25 in. (18.1 x 109.2 x 63.5 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Printed oval label affixed to top of sled near handlebar: "Duralite / RACER / PASSAIC / N. J. / [2 crossed checkered flags] / PAT. / PEND."
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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    • Accession Number: 2003.86
    • Credit Line: Gift of M. Christmann Zulli and David J. Ramsay
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Bertram Lesser (American, born 1924). "Racer" Sled, patented March 30, 1965. Aluminum, rubber, other metals, 7 1/8 x 43 x 25 in. (18.1 x 109.2 x 63.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of M. Christmann Zulli and David J. Ramsay, 2003.86. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: mark, 2003.86_mark.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
    • Catalogue Description: Sled constructed of tubular aluminum. Rectangular-shaped body with rounded front end; formed by rows of tubular aluminum. Mounted on runners at each side, composed of bent, squared aluminum tubes; each runner has two sections, the front section is attached to handlebar with spring mechanism and can be turned from side to side for steering. Handlebar runs horizontally between body and runners near front and has light red rubber hand grips at each end. Parts attached with metal hardware. Condition: Fair, shows use; allover scratches and light corrosion to aluminum; metal hardware is rusted.
    • Record Completeness: Good (76%)
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    Recent Comments
    14:04 10/4/2009
    If anyone knows how many were made, and/or how long they produce these Duralite Racer sleds, please let me know at thanks John
    By John
    13:23 06/6/2012
    Brooklyn Bridge Dawn, Rosy Fingered dramatic and hfpoeul, this picture exudes power in both man and nature. Mark Garbowski shares a wonderful photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge as the sun rises, producing powerful colors and architectural details.
    By dywest
    00:42 10/17/2012
    This sled also had a second label on it, at the top edge, that said "Power Steering." The "Racer" label was a much brighter orange than shown here. Great piece!
    By Dan Wheeler

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