“Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?”
– Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
In many ways, I believe that vintage toys, that is, those more than twenty years old, were the best. They were less likely to break, didn’t put all of their value on the latest computer technology, and carried a longer time to obsolescence. After all, we still see Slinky, Etch-A-Sketch and Monopoly on the toy shelves…but do we still purchase Madden 2008 or Halo 2?
So many of the new toys are either mindless, such as many video games, or they seek to make a big point of stimulating an educational need or developmental stage of childhood. Vintage toys didn’t have an agenda, they weren’t difficult, and didn’t result in passive over-stimulation (staring at the TV screen anyone?)
Perhaps Susan Linn, a doctor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School sums it up best, “The best toy is 10% toy and 90% child. We’ve got all these toys embedded with computer chips that talk and sing and play and dance at the press of a button. But what they do is deprive children of the ability to exercise their creativity. The toys that really foster creativity just lie there until they’re transformed by children.”
So I’ve taken a little liberty with this post, in that I hope you are able to identify with some of these items. Perhaps you had one or more as a kid, and can remember the fun it brought you. The second half of this is a challenge to your memory.
As you can see, there are no identifying names, only numbers. If there are some that you don’t remember but want to know, just email me the number and I’ll give you the name. Plus, if I’ve missed any important ones that you liked (other than Barbie) , feel free to let me know.