Remember those snowy evenings as a kid. Several inches of white powder would fall through the night. You couldn't wait to get up the next morning knowing school was cancelled and you and a bunch of other neighborhood kids would get on your favorite sleds for a day of good old-fashioned fun.
The Standard Novelty Works of Duncannon, PA helped contribute to a lot of those good times. They made the famous Lightning Guider sleds from 1904-1990. Millions of these sleds left this historic factory that now houses the Old Sled Works.
Some of the pictures on this page are from the sled museum located in the central part of the Old Sled Works and is open to the public during the same hours as the rest of the mall. The museum highlights the 86 year history of the Standard Novelty Works. There are many varieties of sleds on display and each one was made here. The museum also features many sled-related items including early patents, original brochures, old advertisements etc. The factory also made several other wooden products like porch swings, coaster wagons and safety gates. Some of these items are also on display.
So what happened to the traditional sled. Well, times have changed. Steel runner sleds have fallen out of favor with today's kids. However, you can still find a new Flexible Flyer, but it's not the same as it used to be. Then again, nothing really is.
Click on any of the pictures for a mini-tour of our sled museum. If you have a specific question concerning an item made here, please email us and we will try to help you. If you have a general question about sleds, we have different people you can contact.
Art Bransky Art is an avid sled collector and a dealer in the Old Sled Works. He has a big sled collection at home including steerable bobsleds.
Joan Palicia. She is the leading
authority on different sleds. She is the author of "Flexible Flyer and Other Great Sleds for Collectors".
Lyle Palmiter. He is involved in the antique sled business in NY state. He is most interested in larger sleighs and non-steerable sleds. He also has a website, Canacadea Sled Shop.
Sled Hill features pages with pictures of sleds by several
collectors. History and repair information is given with
links to other sites.
722 North Market Street
Duncannon, Pa. 17020
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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