Artifact of the Month
Schuco Acrobat Wind-Up Toy
Donated by LeAnn Ritter Underwood
This tumbling acrobat belonged to Roy Ritter (1908-2008). Born in the Washington County community of Wheeler and raised on the family farm in Elm Springs, Ritter went on to become a well-known Springdale businessman and leader in the poultry industry. During his career, he served as president of the Arkansas Poultry Federation, the Arkansas Turkey Federation, the National Turkey Federation, and the National Broiler Council. Ritter founded the AQ Chicken House restaurant in Springdale in 1947. He was chosen to be Governor Orval Faubus's first campaign manager in 1954, and served as mayor of Springdale from 1975 to 1978.
According to the Schuco website, toymaker Heinrich Shreyer founded Shreyer und Company in Nuremburg, Germany in the early 1900s. In 1921, he partnered with Heinrich Mϋller and changed the name of the company to Schuco. Their claim to fame was cleverly designed and durably constructed wind-up novelty cars, animals, and characters. Today, Schuco produces a variety of toy vehicles, including cars, trucks, and airplanes.