EVEN BEFORE EYEGLASSES were put upon my head I remember waiting in the hardware store for Dad to finish his transactions. Standing by a rotating display of balsa gliders, I’d imagine flying within one of these toy aeroplanes. Prices started at 19¢. A fortune several times my weekly allowance.
Sometimes Dad would become interested and examine the choices. Maybe he’d make a purchase. A glider each for his younger kids. A fancy rubber band powered plane with wheels for the oldest.
Times may have changed, but not that much. The company established in 1926 by Paul K. Guillow still manufacturers reasonably priced offerings. Still engages the imagination of our next generation of space shuttle pilots.
Soon after Charles Lindbergh’s famous solo transatlantic flight in 1927, a craze for all things aeronautical swept over America. Guillow capitalized on that fad by introducing a line of balsa wood model kits. WIKI