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Duncan Jetstream Kite
Exhibit #2512
ConditionMint in Package
OwnerRick Brough

There was a time when many "filling stations" across the United States sold not only gasoline, quart cans of motor oil next to gas pumps, and a variety of paper road maps, they also serviced cars in their attached automotive garages. Known as service stations, they occasionally offered small freebies to kids when their parent bought gasoline from the station or bought a particular brand of oil or air filter. (The 21st century equivalent are the Chevron toy cars which, of course, are not free.) One of these--now vintage freebies--was a 24 inch kite kit made by Duncan. A little known Duncan product, these kites were given away sometime in the mid 1960s at service stations (which gasoline brand is unknown). The kit included plastic rods to assemble the kite frame, a plastic sheet that you cut out to cover the frame, and a small amount of string for flying the finished kite. The assembly instructions included an image of the Duncan Yo-Yo Man flying a kite. Like so many great things in this life, the automotive lifeblood of America that was the service station, went the way of the world in the early to mid 1980s.
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