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A possible '42 red Nash from an unknown maker and a blue Giftcraft car shown together just because they look so good together! Gift Craft, of Chicago, Illinois was the distributor of this awkward fastback 2-door sedan. Gift Craft was a distributor, but the actual manufacturer is not known. Dave Leopard suggests the car is modeled after the 1946 Nash. When held in the hand, this postwar ugly duckling is as unattractive as the photo shows, but nevertheless it has a charm all its own. With very good original paint it is a nice collector toy. The red sedan is one of the mystery cars in the museum collection. The wheels are cast en bloc with the rest of the car so it does not roll but rather scoots. Dave Leopard suggests this possibly to be a '41 Nash but nothing more about it is known. Each is shown individually under its own page. An interesting aside about the Gift Craft company was that it sold a knock-off OUIJA board called the Swami in 1940 when OUIJA board copies were flooding the marketplace. The Swami featured a flying carpet scene and a genii consulting a crystal ball. I don't know if anybody in Gift Craft management consulted the Swami about the future of the company.

Gift Craft, of Chicago, Illinois was the distributor of this awkward blue fastback 2-door sedan. Gift Craft was a distributor, but the actual manufacturer is not known. Dave Leopard suggests the car is modeled after the 1946 Nash. When held in the hand, this postwar "ugly duckling" is as unattractive as the photo shows, but nevertheless it has a charm all its own. With very good original paint it is a nice collector toy. The red sedan is one of the mystery cars in the museum collection. The wheels are cast en bloc with the rest of the car so it does not roll but rather scoots. Dave Leopard suggests this possibly to be a '41 Nash but nothing more about it is known. Both cars are 4" long.

This is a photo of the Gift Craft Swami taking board, I think. Wish I could be certain. It is a colorful depiction of a Genii rising from a magic lamp. Other figures on magic carpets are depicted as well but are most definitely secondary images.

An interesting aside about the Gift Craft company was that it sold a knock-off OUIJA board called the Swami in 1940 when OUIJA board copies were flooding the marketplace. The Swami featured a flying carpet scene and a genii consulting a crystal ball. I don't know if anybody in Gift Craft management consulted the Swami about the future of the company.

This is a front quarter view along the passenger side. The car is a deep green with black wheels. It is a fastback style coupe with a split windshield and a wide oval rear window. The fenders sweep downward from the front headlights to the middle of the door, then upward to the tail lights. The headlights are in the fenders, there is a wide radiator with horizontal bars, and a short, wide, stubby hood. The bumpers are wide and thick, and the car gives an overall impression of being a very sturdy toy. This is a rear quarter view along the driver's side. The rear window is set very high and there is a raised area over the trunk which I suppose would be decorative rather than functional in a real car.
This is a front view of the car, showing it to be wide and low. The back view in this photo also shows how wide and low the car is.
This is a front quarter view of the car in blue. Here is a very nice, red Giftcraft Nash.

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