Cars have certainly become an integral part of life in developed, urban areas, perhaps even beyond. The average middle class high school graduate might receive a car and driving lessons, as a rite of passage. Rallies from environmentalists about air pollution and sustainability often cast the necessity of automotive vehicles as the biggest problem, but a necessity it is: the gears of our businesses and industries are turned by the ease of transport.
It also shows in the popularity of car toys. Whether mere paper models, cardboard cutouts, solid wood block representations, painted metal, colored plastic, with moveable parts, mechanized and battery-powered, remote-controlled… whether it be a sports car, taxi cab, fire engine, bus, truck, or army jeep… whether a model that can fit in the palm of a child’s hand, or a stroller with a steering wheel, or a bed with four wheels and a windshield… some kind of car toy has found its way into most children’s toy sets. A car has become one of the earliest things that a child of this time is taught to recognize.
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