Feb 022014
Share thisShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter


“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.

1kennereasybakeoven 2hoppityhop 3Mego2XL 4lunarlauncher









6 NFL 1972 electronic football game















10firechief pedal car 11Spirograph12armymen







13 Viewmaster 14ticklemeelmo 15tonkatruckmightyloader








16bigwheel 17joybuzzer 18chattycathy dolls







19clackers 20barbie dream house 21stretcharmstrong









22littlepeoplegarage VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100 24wiffleball











27GI JOe





















33roller skates with key











36star trek phaser










38rayline tracer gun


40SchwinStingRay 1967Fastback3speed

  2 Responses to “Vintage Toys and Simpler Times”

  1. I do not see Lincoln logs. Kalediscopes u look thru and turn the most outter part to change shapes. Silly putty is still around

  2. Toys that we grew up with were designed to entertain; therefore they have longevity. Toys today are designed to make money; therefore, you find multiple versions of a single idea (as you mentioned Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, etc; or the Call of Duty series). You are right that the new toys do not encourage children to think very much or use their imagination. We are in a “force fed” society (think TV) and are now witnesses to innovation crisis.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Skip to toolbar