Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club Push’em Car

I saw this in a small town antique shop years ago. It’s approximately 16″ x 24″ and the artwork is painted onto a Masonite-type board. It has eight holes drilled around the edges and displays the Walt Disney Productions trademark, which dates it before 1987. In all likelihood, it was produced in the 1950’s or 1960’s.

But just what is a PUSH’EM CAR?

I didn’t know if it was an advertising board that would have been displayed in a store to sell some kind of pedal car, or if a Push’em Car was something that appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show. The price was a little high, but I was able to get it down a little, but I still feel I paid too much. But it looked cool, so I took a chance.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you take a chance on something like this, and this time… I lost!

After researching on the Internet, I found that a Push’em Car was a mobile toy chest. But it could have been used as a clothes hamper as well. It had two of these boards, one on each long side, and two other boards half the length on the ends, creating a rectangle-shaped box on wheels. The boards were screwed onto metal framing. It stood 22″ high at the top of the handles:

Complete Car from Bing.com
Side Panel from Bing.com

This is presently, as of the writing of this post, being offered for sale on eBay for 499.99 USD. It will be interesting to see if someone will spend so much for so little!

So, as I only have one of the boards, it is pretty much valueless except for curiosity sake.

Why should I have known better? First, if it were an advertisement for a toy or pedal car, the product would have been pictured on the board. Second, no sign board would be affixed to a wall in a store with eight screws, thus damaging the wall for what would probably be a temporary promotion. I’m a more seasoned collector now, and I can truthfully say that making mistakes like this one has made me a more successful buyer!

That said… I love this board! I have it hanging in my office where I can look at it every morning while I drink my coffee. So not a complete fail, I guess.

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