Flexible Flyer Sled Museum at the Moorestown Library

Flexible Flyer Sled Museum at the Moorestown Library Flexibile Flyer Sled Museum at the Moorestown Public Library, Moorestown, New Jersey The Flexible Flyer Sled Museum at the Moorestown Public Library was established in the winter of 2015 as a permanent exhibit showing 26 Flexible Flyer sleds produced from 1890 to 2014.
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In addition to showcasing these sleds to the public the museum also has a collection of Flexible Flyer sled and S.L. Allen and Co. historical items and memorabilia. The hours of the Museum are the same hours of operation of the public library : Monday thru Thursday 9 -9, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and closed Sunday. Hours are subject to the Moorestown Library's hours of operation.

Operating as usual

Happy Holidays from the Flexible Flyer Sled Museum !! Pull out the old sled and hit the hills !!
12/22/2020

Happy Holidays from the Flexible Flyer Sled Museum !! Pull out the old sled and hit the hills !!

Happy Holidays from the Flexible Flyer Sled Museum !
12/25/2019

Happy Holidays from the Flexible Flyer Sled Museum !

TRADEMARK and PATENTS
02/16/2019

TRADEMARK and PATENTS

TRADEMARK and PATENTS

A little history of sledding at Westtown - testing site of some of SL Allen's bobsled designs and of course ... the Flex...
02/12/2019

A little history of sledding at Westtown - testing site of some of SL Allen's bobsled designs and of course ... the Flexible Flyer !

Tuxedo Racer on display at the Museum. Chrome bumper is matched with some of the chrome still visable on runners. Trade ...
02/12/2019

Tuxedo Racer on display at the Museum. Chrome bumper is matched with some of the chrome still visable on runners. Trade card of the"new" sled available to the public in 1914 is also on display.

Just a reminder to go sledding - if you can -  this WInter before all the snow is gone !! Good Sledding !!
02/05/2019

Just a reminder to go sledding - if you can - this WInter before all the snow is gone !! Good Sledding !!

The Thrilling Saga of a 6000 mile trek by Dog SledFairbanks, Alaska to Lewiston, Maine by MUSH MOORECustom built sled bu...
01/08/2019

The Thrilling Saga of a 6000 mile trek by Dog Sled

Fairbanks, Alaska to Lewiston, Maine by MUSH MOORE

Custom built sled built and donated by Flexible Flyer

Chronicles Mush's 6000 mile journey from Alaska to Maine by dog sled From Nov 1949 to March 1951

Remember Kids of All Ages - It's not too late to ask Santa Claus for a Flexible Flyer sled for Christmas ! Merry Christm...
12/22/2018

Remember Kids of All Ages - It's not too late to ask Santa Claus for a Flexible Flyer sled for Christmas !
Merry Christmas to all from the Flexible Flyer Sled Museum !!

1955 Business Week article on S.L. Allen & Co. The cover page shows William T. Llewellyn , as President of the company h...
12/20/2018

1955 Business Week article on S.L. Allen & Co. The cover page shows William T. Llewellyn , as President of the company holding a Flexible Flyer. It highlights the business of making sleds and why it was such a successful company. William T. Llewellyn was a graduate of Westtown Friends School, class of 1908. Many of the employees came from Westtown, the same school as S.L. Allen and his family. William Llewellyn would start as Junior Clerk in 1909, became Treasurer in 1928, would run the the company's day-to-day operations as General Manager throughout the 1930s, became President in 1953 and retire as President and Director of S.L. Allen & Co. in 1961. The cover photo of William had been over the fireplace of my brother-in-law, Don Llewellyn for years and is a treasured family memory.

William T. Llewellyn, President of S.L. Allen & Co. from 1953 to 1962. He was a Westtown School Class of 1908 and worked...
12/19/2018

William T. Llewellyn, President of S.L. Allen & Co. from 1953 to 1962. He was a Westtown School Class of 1908 and worked at the company for 52 years.

Article on SL Allen & Co where William T. Llewellyn is the President. Article provided by Ed Sager, grandson of William ...
12/18/2018

Article on SL Allen & Co where William T. Llewellyn is the President. Article provided by Ed Sager, grandson of William T. Llewellyn.

12/18/2018

Well, that time of year again to get the Museum's licensing agreement with Paricon Inc, (current purveyor of the Flexible Flyer sled) paid. Thanks to Paricon for their support in the licensed use of the Flexible Flyer name and logo, and their continued support of the mission of the Museum.

Samuel Leeds Allen III, the great grandson of the inventor of the Flexible Flyer sled on his 8 1/2 foot, No 6 - Airline ...
12/16/2018

Samuel Leeds Allen III, the great grandson of the inventor of the Flexible Flyer sled on his 8 1/2 foot, No 6 - Airline Commander. Sam was able to show me a few patent models and share some family stories during the Museum's grand opening 4 years ago ! We continue to get about 500 visitors a month to the Museum.

Flexible Flyer Sleds, Splitkein Skis and Flexy Racers
12/15/2018

Flexible Flyer Sleds, Splitkein Skis and Flexy Racers

Flexible Flyer Sleds, Splitkein Skis and Flexy Racers

New additons coming to the Museum. These copper print blocks from the 1920s and 1930s were used for advertising in newsp...
12/10/2018

New additons coming to the Museum. These copper print blocks from the 1920s and 1930s were used for advertising in newspapers and magazines by S.L. Allen & Co or by hardware stores who primarily sold the sleds in their stores. These came from a local hardware store - Jos. Wallace Hardware in Stroudsburg, PA. Here is the family story:

The Joseph Wallace & Sons Hardware store was located at 5th and Main streets in Stroudsburg, PA. It closed nearly 40 years ago in 1980 after operating for almost 125 years with 3 generations of the Wallace family. Two brothers; William and Joseph Wallace operated and owned multiple businesses in Stroudsburg starting in 1857 which included the Wallace Department Store, the Wallace Hardware store at 427-437 Main, and a lumber mill business
Their grandfather was Joseph Wallace who immigrated from Scotland in the 1750’s and settled in Northumberland Pa. William and Joseph parents migrated to Albion, Michigan but William and Joseph remained Stroudsburg.
At age 19, Joseph worked as a clerk for the John Boyd’s general store also in Stroudsburg for several years until he purchased the business and properties along lower Main street in about 1848 with a partner; Mr. Wildrup. Later, along with his brother William, a partnership was form in 1853 known as Wallace, Wyckoff & Co. Then In 1857, this firm was dissolved with William starting a lumber business and Joseph taking the grocery/hardware business.
At the turn the of century, the hardware business increased to an extent that in 1902, an extension of 4 more rooms was added to the building. The new building had the WALLACE name across the top along with HARDWARE, IRON & STEEL, RIMS, SPOKES & SHAFTS. WHEEL, HUBS & POLES. SALT, CEMENT, PAPER which remains today. The hardware store was a major sales agent for Devoe & Reynolds Paints dedicating an entire room to these supplies. It was also known as a Winchester Sporting Headquarters selling rifles, shotguns, ammunition, tools, and fishing gear as well as Keen Kutter hardware, Disston saws and files and Flexible Flyer sleds.
During the 1800’s, the store sold carriage and wagon axles along with iron and horseshoes. Upon completion of the building extension, Joseph only lived another year, passing March 4, 1904. William preceded him on Feb 1, 1903.
From 1904 until 1955, Wallace Hardware business continued with Joseph’s 2 sons; Edwin R. Wallace and Lewis A. Wallace. His other 2 sons Charles D. Wallace and Alexander R. J. Wallace operated the Wallace Department store at 6th and Main. This department store sold hats, furs, boots, shoes, china and glass products.

After Lewis Wallace’s death in 1955, the hardware store was owned and managed by the last Wallace family member; Joseph Wallace Sr until the entire building and contents were sold in 1980. Joseph Wallace passed away in 1990 at age 95.
The Joseph Wallace & Sons Hardware building is registered as a Pennsylvania Historic site and maintains the original façade from 1902. The inside is now divided into 6 individual store front businesses. The main entrance with the original counter and the several hundred wooden drawers and woodwork also is there today.

Brandon T. Wallace ( grandson and 8th generation )

Wow - brand new to town !! Glad this giant Flexible Flyer Sled is in Moorestown ! It is in front of the Community House ...
12/06/2018

Wow - brand new to town !! Glad this giant Flexible Flyer Sled is in Moorestown ! It is in front of the Community House of Moorestown at 16 E. Main Street in downtown Moorestown.

12/06/2018
NJ.com

Take a look at this nice little slide show on the Flexible Flyer Sled !!

The Flexible Flyer sled was invented right here in New Jersey. Do you remember your first sled?

What a new find !! An original vintage Sascha Maurer, Flexible Flyer Splitkein Ski Poster - 24 3/4 x 36 1/2 size that ne...
12/04/2018

What a new find !! An original vintage Sascha Maurer, Flexible Flyer Splitkein Ski Poster - 24 3/4 x 36 1/2 size that needs some restoration. The poster came from Randolph, VT -- how could you tell. Although many of these posters were dated from around 1939, I think (guess) from the logo on the skis that it may be from the 1950. Anyways, Randolph, VT was the location of the second tow rope ( actually a ski lift of any kind) in the United States) ski slope on the farm of Harold J. Farr in Randolph. He did not charge a ski pass fee of any kind but set up the slope and tow rope to teach people how to ski, Anyways, Flexible Flyer skis were sold to beginners using this ski area on the farm. If the poster is actually from 1939, it would be around the time this ski slope was opened in Randolph, Vermont !!

Visitor Albulm
11/26/2018

Visitor Albulm

New addition of Flexy Racer 300 donated by Art Hyde from Aspen, Colorado
11/21/2018

New addition of Flexy Racer 300 donated by Art Hyde from Aspen, Colorado

New Additions to the Museum - Flexible Flyer Splitkein Skis and the Coasting Sign !!
03/30/2018

New Additions to the Museum - Flexible Flyer Splitkein Skis and the Coasting Sign !!

Splitkein Skis are now part of the Museum. Photo of display to follow.
03/29/2018

Splitkein Skis are now part of the Museum. Photo of display to follow.

1932 ad for Flexy Racer Model 100
03/11/2018

1932 ad for Flexy Racer Model 100

03/08/2018
Snapshot New York: Sled Museum

Flexible Flyer Sled Museum featured today on CBS News 2 New York

Sledding is a popular activity when the snow starts to fall, and one man is such a fan he’s created a museum just for sleds. CBS2's Steve Overmyer shares his...

The Flexible Flyer Sled Museum goes to the Taylor Farm in Londonderry Vermont on Weds night, Feb. 21.!! Thank you Mimi W...
02/24/2018

The Flexible Flyer Sled Museum goes to the Taylor Farm in Londonderry Vermont on Weds night, Feb. 21.!!
Thank you Mimi Wright and Jon Wright for hosting this fun event and having an enthusiastic crowd.
Mimi and Jon are big Flexible Flyer fans and have some nice sleds in their collection.

Incrediblely fun and informative night at Taylor Farm with Phil Snow !! Thank you so much!! Thank you Mimi for putting it all together and thank you to all who came!! Somehow the night progressed into music as it so often does around here!! Watch for more fun events to come!!

New addition to the Museum today. This is the front and back of a trade card which was handed out by S.L. Allen &Co at t...
02/24/2018

New addition to the Museum today. This is the front and back of a trade card which was handed out by S.L. Allen &Co at their exhibit at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in the farm implement exhibit - agricultural annex building. Remember SL Allen was known for their Planet Jr farm equipment at the time of the Columbian Exposition - not the Flexible Flyer sled. The sleds shown during the exhibit did get noted in the agricultural press at the time. Click on image for better view.

Flexible Flyer presentation at REI store in Marlton last night
02/09/2018

Flexible Flyer presentation at REI store in Marlton last night

S.L. Allen & Company Factory
01/31/2018

S.L. Allen & Company Factory

After 1993, Roadmaster sled
01/31/2018

After 1993, Roadmaster sled

Coasters
01/31/2018

Coasters

Coasters

Coasters
01/27/2018

Coasters

Coasters

01/27/2018

How to Date a Flexible Flyer Sled

01/14/2018

Flexible Flyer Sled Museum to be highlighted on CBS News - Snapshot Program on Channel 2 New York at 5pm interview by Steve Overmyer, Sports Anchor. Our spotlight will be featured over the next few weeks. It will be posted when available.

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111 W 2nd St
Moorestown, NJ
08057

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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(908) 216-9468

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The Flexible Flyer Sled Museum at the Moorestown Library was established in the winter of 2014 as a permanent exhibit on loan to the Moorestown Library showing 27 Flexible Flyer sleds produced from 1890 to 2014. In addition to showcasing these sleds to the public the museum also has a collection of Flexible Flyer sleds and S.L. Allen and Co. historical items and memorabilia. The inventor of the Flexible Flyer lived in Moorestown, New Jersey until his passing in 1918 and the museum connects him to the local community. The hours of the Museum are the same hours of operation of the public library : Monday thru Thursday 9 -9, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and closed Sunday. Hours are subject to the Moorestown Library's hours of operation. There is NO admission fee for the museum.

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We have two dozen 1950's and earlier Flexible flyer sleds which we are selling for $95 each. We also have leather skates, 1940'2 50's, for sale $35 to hang over your sled and add a red ribbon and voila you have a terrific door decoration. Call me 609-433-7979, because I have them at my office, inside the Organic Green Cafe, 1101 Cooper St, Edgewater Park, N.J. 3 blocks from the Riverline train station. call me so I'm on site when you get here since the Cafe has been closed for 9 months thanks to Governor. Carole Moore, Owner.
originally posted by Postcard Diva
Granddaughter Zoe Rodgers and I went sledding in the Arizona high-country with vintage Flexible Flyers model 47J and Airline Racer No. 60, January 2019.