2019 Atomic Advent Calendar Gift Ideas Day 6
At the end of World War II, the military had a surplus problem, including hundreds of 100-lb. practice bombs. What else can you do with a 35-1/2 inch practice bomb? Make it into a ride upon scooter, of course! With all steel construction, rubber tires, and a handle grip, these sold, at their peak for $7.95 in 1946 (about $104.92 in 2019 dollars).
By Christmas of 1946, they were selling for a reduced price of $5.95, and by spring of 1947, often reduced to $3.95. As such, they probably weren’t that popular. Unfortunately, 100-lb. practice bombs had flooded the surplus market, so just about anyone with some simple mechanical skills could easily replicate it for about $1.50.