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Little Red Trike: A Gift can last forever

Updated on September 10, 2014

Do you give kids gifts that will last a 'lifetime?' This one is on its way; what can we find today?

This is likely the 50th anniversary of the 'Little Red Trike' - our first daughter, Annette, would have been two. It now is 'on display' in the Library in the Garden level of their home here in Wayne County, Utah, where I am on vacation composing this article.

My intent is to try to recommend gifts for kids, today, that they will treasure and preserve in their homes, fifty years from today, and beyond. Do you suppose we can do that? I hope so.

I'll include a couple more trike stories from our family - I do love to tell family stories, of course!

I am also certainly open to suggestions from you, my readers, as well. Have you kept and preserved toys from your youth? Tell us about them in your comments - better yet, make a hub of your own, and share the address with us so we can visit your story! ;-)

Little Red Trike on Amazon

Let's start right off with an Amazon version of their 'Little Red Trike' listing - will one of these work for you? If so, you can order today, right here and now. I hope that works for you. Or, continue to shop... ;-)

Has your family preserved toys from your youth? - Share your story in the comments! Thanks!

Is there a toy in your family received more than 50 years ago?

My fourth birthday trike
My fourth birthday trike

I got a Trike on my 4th birthday! ;-)

It was neither Little, nor Red! Mom took the photo, on the farm! ;-)

I suppose we each have a story of a trike we got as a gift in our younger days. This is mine.

You can easily see that we did not have nice pavement to ride on... just dirt, although some of is, around this post, was fairly level. Our house was behind Mom, as she took this photo. That was many years before the house was built onto a couple of times, of course. There was later a cement well cover put in, just about where the front of my trike was... a story for another day, perhaps.

I hope you will share your trike story in the comments! Thanks! ;-)

Trial run on his new Trike
Trial run on his new Trike

Trial run on his new Trike

21st Century trike on a trial run with Dad close by... ;-)

My Grandson had a trike when he was young, too, of course. I think it may already be gone... his sister has outgrown it, as well.

He doesn't look real excited about it... even though he has nice flat concrete to ride on. He has no idea the 'advantages' he had at the time?!? ;-)

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - Litte Red Trike of Today - This one seems to be the most popular on searches! ;-)

Radio Flyer Classic Tricycle with Push Handle, Red
Radio Flyer Classic Tricycle with Push Handle, Red

This Flyer looks very similar to the Firestone 'Little Red Trike' of 50 years ago - but we didn't get the 'push stick!' My grandson would have appreciated that, I do believe. This looks like a really good buy! Just click through and it can be your gift to a lucky kid - TODAY! ;-)

 

Your Comments on this lens are appreciated! ;-)

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    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      I never saw a trike with a push stick before. Interesting. : )

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      We no longer have our children's trikes, but I have happy memories of them riding them around our neighborhood!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @shay-marie: Neat! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Shay Marie 

      4 years ago from Southern California

      I saw a little boy with a Radio Flyer with a push stick (like the one you've got here) and thought it was such a great idea. It's like a toy and stroller in one!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Rosanna Grace: It was fun, for sure! ;-)

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      Rosanna Grace 

      5 years ago

      What a lovely idea for a lens! Thanks for sharing

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Ah, yes, how times have changed. Thanks for sharing... and, the like and blessing, of course! ;-)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      What sweet memories you stir up here. My sister and I were a little crushed when Dad cut the electrical cord off out Easy Bake Oven before letting my daughter play with it, he was concerned that she might be burned or it might not be safe and Nikki played happily with it.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Neat! Thanks for your comment, and visit! ;-)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      had one before. And really cute.

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      LouisaDembul 

      5 years ago

      Imagine, I too had a little red trike!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @choosehappy: Thank you, so much! ;-)

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      Vikki 

      5 years ago from US

      Such awesome memories and an awesome lens! *blessed*

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @flinnie lm: Another great story! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      What a wonderful lens, I got my big toe caught in the wheel of my little bike and lost my toe nail. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Wonderful! Love to bring back memories! ;-)

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 

      5 years ago

      I love this! I have fond memories of my own little red trike as well as those of my now-grown children. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MurphyOng: Thank you, very much! ;-)

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      MurphyOng 

      5 years ago

      Great content you had there! I love this lens : )

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @halloweenprops: Yes, for sure! ;-)

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      halloweenprops 

      5 years ago

      @halloweenprops: ...as adults!

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      halloweenprops 

      5 years ago

      Great idea, and to remind parents not to be so quick to throw things away once the child has "grown out" of them, as some of these things the kids would appreciate still having around!

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      PinoyBroker 

      5 years ago

      I would always use my trike and bike to crash on walls when I was small. Now, I miss them.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks for sharing... makes the doll even more special! ;-)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I still have my original Barbie doll. Her nose was gnawed on by my little brother but other than that she's great! :) Blessings.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @vineliner57: Neat! For sure! ;-)

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Having a bike as a kid was like having a car as a teen. It meant freedom!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @BunnyFabulous: For sure! ;-) This is ours! ;-)

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      BunnyFabulous 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Love the personal stories about the little red trike. I had one too and enjoyed it a lot. You're right, some gifts can become heirlooms and loved by multiple generations.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Moon-Light: That is the norm... why ours is so special to us... it moved all over the USA and is still with us! ;-)

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      Moon-Light 

      5 years ago

      I had one red color tri-cycle. But it was lost some where while we were shifting our residence long back.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @RinchenChodron: We are so happy to still have this one! ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TaraWojt: Enjoy the selection process... ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @neotony: I totally agree! ;-)

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      I have no idea what happened to my Little Red Trike, but I did have one.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 

      5 years ago

      I love tricycles - not too much longer until my little girl is old enough for one. Great selection of trikes.

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      neotony 

      5 years ago

      tricycles are definitely what every child should have!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SayGuddaycom: Could not agree more! ;-)

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      SayGuddaycom 

      5 years ago

      Every kid should have a trike!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Rangoon House: For sure! Good for you, and for her! ;-)

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      AJ 

      5 years ago from Australia

      I bought an antique trike and rocker when my daughter was a baby. I had them restored - powdercoated in fire engine red and replaced any bits and bobs like handles. We have now had them 14 years and they had done many miles before that. We still have them and I suspect that whilst they don't live in such illustrious surrounds as your daughter's trike does, they might when they eventually live in my daughter's own home.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @carolweez: Thank you , so much. Love your story! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MichaelDubrovnik: What fun! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @davenjilli lm: Neat! ;-)

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      carolweez 

      5 years ago

      I had a tricycle when I was a kid, but it was blue. However that doesn't change the fact that that was my very first toy on wheels and I will probably never forget the experience. Great lens.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 

      5 years ago

      Those are memorable. My nephew visited our family farm when he turned 30 and was extremely excited to found his very first bike in the barn. The boys went for a race with the hardcore mini steel and have a wonderful time. It brought us the joy to see kids growing up.

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      davenjilli lm 

      5 years ago

      wonderful memories of my trike!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @jerrynotpit1: Built up your leg strength... I can tell from photo image! ;-)

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      jerrynotpit1 

      5 years ago

      I had a 50's model of the Little Red Trike. Came from Sears and Roebuck through the mail. It took me on many adventures even though we didn't have flat concrete to ride on.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @GabrielaFargasch: I love your comment! Thank you! ;-)

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      GabrielaFargasch 

      5 years ago

      I am a 70s and 80s child and I certainly had a beautiful red tricycle too! I got it when I was 7 years old.... I love retro trikes! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Frednun1965: Can't beat that... I hope! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anne mohanraj: Thank you! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Birdlady LM: Oh, that is fun. Thanks for sharing! ;-) Love the memories!

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      Fred Alb 

      5 years ago from Uruguay

      Very nice job on your lens!

      Exelente!

      It reminded me of my childhood.

      Thank you!

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      anne mohanraj 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! Thank you for sharing!

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      Birdlady LM 

      5 years ago

      I had one just like the one in the picture. Great memories and they do last forever!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: I appreciate your comments, here and above. THANKS! ;-)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I used to love Big Wheels too. We had a little red trike for my kids, but I have no idea where it went too. Such a good rugged toy.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love the nostalgia in this lens! Love little red tricycles, too!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love the nostalgia in this lens! Love little red tricycles, too!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @justmelucy: Interesting memories! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @AllisonsAttic: Looking forward to that 'old one' of yours... ;-)

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      justmelucy 

      5 years ago

      A Great Lens on a timeless gift the Little Red Trike. I have a rusty one that I saved from a dumpster in my garden.

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      AllisonsAttic 

      5 years ago

      Great lense...you always have good ideas!!

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