Lehmann “Africa” black boy rides ostrich mail cart

Africa Red | Lehmann Tin Toy Company

Made from 1889 to 1918 in Germany by Lehmann (designated EPL 170) this toy, with a mail slot on the top and envelope insignia on the side, shows an African boy riding on a two-wheeled mail cart being pulled by an ostrich.  The toy moves forward by string drive as the boy guides the ostrich with reins and a whip in his hands. This is the all red version.

This toy is shown with a scarce early box that names the toy “Going to the Fair.”  This was either a translation error or an early designation of this toy. The “spindle press” trademark dates this toy to 1889.