Lehmann “Africa” black boy rides ostrich mail cart – yellow

Africa Yellow | 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 a rare version with no slot for mail in the rear hinged door. The rear “spindle press” trademark panel is yellow, and the bird’s legs are brown instead of yellow.