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A colourful classic floating "pop pop" toy. This red, yellow, orange and blue tin Cabin Cruiser uses a live flame from a candle to heat the "boiler" and move the boat through the water using its exhaust pipes. This simple retro toy includes two candles and straw to start the engine and watch it go. A reproduction of a Vintage water toy.
Construction: Tin Plate
Size: 13L x 4H x6W cm
Collectors / Decorative item: NOT A TOY. USES LIVE FLAMES
POP POP BOATS
Otherwise known as flash-steamers, hot-air-boats, toc-tocs or more accurately a Pulsating Water Engine (P.W.E.), the pop-pop boat originated in an 1891 British patent for the coil type water pulse engines by an inventor named Thomas Piot.The popularity of the boats spread quickly, however, and they were soon being manufactured in many countries.