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March 25, 2011

MCM Home Improvement: Toyland

By Sablemable aka Jan

I’m just a big kid at heart and at age 57, I still adore toys, especially the classic ones!

Images are courtesy of Back To Basic Toys (www.backtobasictoys.com), Toyadz (www.toyadz.com) and Vintage Ad Browser (www.vintageadbrowser.com).

To put you into the retro-state-of-mind, here are some vintage toy ads from the Fifties and Sixties.

1961 TONKA TOYS

My brother had the bulldozer, road grader and crane.  Sometimes he’d let me play with them.

 

1953 HASBRO TOYS MR. AND MRS. POTATO HEAD

Who didn’t have this toy?

 

1964 SILLY PUTTY

We loved this stuff!  And it did pick-up the comic strips from the newspaper!

 

1966 MATTEL SEE ‘N SAY

Okay, I didn’t have this toy, but I remember it.

Now that you’ve went down memory lane, let’s see what classic toys we can still purchase.

Back To Basic Toys has a large selection of vintage toys. 

LINCOLN LOGS

Did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, John, designed these in 1916?  I didn’t know that!

 

SLINKY (INVENTED IN 1943)

 

SOCK MONKEY (1940s-1950s)

 

FISHER PRICE BOUNCY BEE (1950)

 

8 BALL (INVENTED 1946)

 

MATTEL BARBIE DOLL (1959)

 

SPINNING TOP

 

RAGGEDY ANN AND RAGGEDY ANDY (1915)

 

 

PLAY-DOH (1956 BY RAINBOW CRAFTS, NOW OWNED BY HASBRO)

 

Share your toy memories here, Readers!

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5 Responses to MCM Home Improvement: Toyland

  1. Lorie B. Reply

    March 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I had Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and LOVED them. My Aunt Barb had that very same Barbie…the original one. I used to play with her whenever I went over to my Grandma’s. I asked her a while back what ever happened to that doll and she said her daughters lost her when they lived in Seattle. Someone got a great toy *sigh*.

    sock Monkey…*shudder* I have always hated that thing. It creeped me out to no end. I don’t like clowns and that thing is an evil monkey clown. BAAAADDDDDD!!!!

    You forgot Hot Wheels….we had a million of them.

  2. sablemable Reply

    March 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Lorieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! I had a big Raggedy Ann doll, so big she could sit in a chair at the dinner table. The Barbie I got was a 1962 issue; I also had Midge, Ken and Skipper when they came out. No, I don’t have them anymore. Duh! LOL@evil monkey clown! I loved my sock monkey! One of my Mom’s friends, Dorothy, used to make them and my brother and I each got our own. Thanks, Dorothy!

    When did Hot Wheels come out? The Seventies I thought. My nieces had one and somewhere around this house is a photo of me, Aunt Sablemable, pushing one of them on the Hot Wheels.

  3. Andrea Reply

    March 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that Raggedy Ann and Andy were that old! For some reason, I always thought they were from the 70s, but I guess that’s just because I remember them well from my childhood.

    And I love Barbies – it’s probably a good thing I had another daughter!

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 26, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Yay for Barbie – I love her!!!! And you know, I still have the homemade Raggedy Ann my Aunt made me when I was born – I adore her! Great toys Sable!!!

  5. Lorie B. Reply

    March 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Matchbox cars came out in 1953 and Hot Wheels came out in 1968. If you could go out and dig up the side drive on our house we lived in in Coloma, you would find hundreds of them I am sure. We made miles of road and played out there for hours with them.

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