This is where the History of Toy outboards began, long before K&O and Fleetline were ever thought up.  I'm still amazed at how well made and inventive some of the designs were.  The Orkin Craft Outboard, a windup motor, is especially well made and looks great.  The ingenious design of the LePage using electric coils becomes the first battery operated toy outboard motor in history.

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1. 1920s Orkin Craft windup (side)
1920s Orkin Craft windup (rear)
This is a great motor!  It looks like a 1920s Johnson and is a great motor to have. It's also very large.  I'm looking for the Orkin Craft outboard boat it went on.  It's a windup that came with a giant key.  It will run something like three minutes long when wound up.  Caution:  if you get one of these don't run them out of the water, they need the water for resistance or the spring will break!

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2. 1920s Orkin Craft Outboarder
Reproduction boat scratch built by Mark
1920s Orkin Craft outboard motor on reproduction boat.
There is a all metal boat like this one that I would love to own.  If you find one please let me know.  It may come with a little driver like this one.

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3. 1920s Johnson Sea Horse windup toy outboard:  
1920s Johnson windup is
Another great windup outboard motor from the 1920s.  These motors were made by a company called Benoliels, Inc., from Chicago, Illinois.  The box claims that the motor was made under an exclusive contract with Johnson Motors Company.  The motor says "Johnson Sea Horse" on the back and the decal looks just like the one on a real motor.  These were sold with a wooden boat called the Sea Puppy.  Came in a great box for it's time.

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4. 1920s Evinrude windup
1920s Evinrude windup (rear)
Another great motor.  Extremely bulky and heavy the neat feature to this somewhat ugly motor is the small wooden "knuckle buster" handle used to wind the motor up!  The handle on the top that sticks out is the stopper so that you can wind the motor up without it running.  You then release the handle which allows the spring to unwinde and the motor to run. 
The pictures here are with the motor on it's original boat.  

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5. 1920s Seaworthy Boats windup.  This is the same motor as the Evinrude windup above except without the Evinrude name on it.  

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6. 1920s Lindstrom windup 
1920s Lindstrom windup (rear)
Lindstrom was a company from Connecticut that made many toys including toy boats and motors.  They are not rare but neat to have.

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7. 1920s Lindstrom boat with outboard
An example of a Lindstom on a toy Lindstrom boat.

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8. 1920s LePage (side).  The first battery powered toy outboard! Uses an ingenious method of door bell coils that pulled in a camshaft!  Incredible.  Unfortunately, the boat is extremely ugly, metal and heavy but it's still a piece of toy outboard history.  Not that rare, believe it or not.  The outboard was also manufactured with four coils which is harder to find. The gears are exposed in the lower unit. 
1920s LePage (top) View of flywheel and mechanism.
1920s LePage on original boat. The boat has a blue metal battery box in the middle.

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9. 1920s LePage 4 coil battery operated motor.  Much rarer than the LePage two coil above.  It used the same principal of using a coil to move the drive shaft.  Great design for the times!

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10. 1920s windup (Lindstrom?)
1920s windup on original wooden boat.  A piece of toy outboard history. I'm not positive who made it.  The boat is small with very little detail.

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11. 1940s Irwin windup
1940s Irwin windup on original boat

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12. 1920s Pull Cord Windup.  This is a really neat motor.  I'm not sure who made it.  If anyone knows please email me the information.  The cool part about this motor is that there's a pull cord (the red knob) that when you pull it you wind the motor!  Cool!

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13. 1920s Boucher steam powered outboard.  Definitely one of the coolest toy outboard motors ever made this motor came on the Boucher Polly Wog boat.  Inside the boat was a steam boiler that sent hot steam through a pipe to the outboard motor to make it work.  Awesome!  

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14. Boucher Steam Outboard motor VIDEO!  Watch the steam outboard actually run!  This is being run on compressed air instead of steam but it's still a cool demonstration of a very old toy outboard motor!

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15. 1949-1952(?) Johnson toy windupBelieved to have been made in Italy. Very interesting and very rare motor.  I've only seen two of these in all the years I've been collecting. The motor is wound up through a hole in the top of the cowl by the small key shown in the first picture.  Great gear driven system in the lower unit and just a neat looking motor.  The first picture shows a complete mint motor.  The other pictures show one bought off Ebay that has the lower unit casing missing and is not mint.
Thanks to Blaise Vezie and Denny Cole for the great pictures.

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