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Queen Buzzy Bee

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 14, 2020

Who fondly remembers toys such as this?
This wooden Queen Buzzy Bee pull toy consists of a wooden bee set on wheels with plastic wings and two coiled metal antennae. Pulling the bee forwards activates a noisemaker mechanism and rotates its wings. 
It was use by the Harpole family in Saint Paul between 1965 - 1968.