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Children's toys of the 1950's

I remember (we're inside because of rain here) paperdolls and viewmasters. I'm going to look up more on both of those this morning. Should be fun. Low key.Woman Wink

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Re: Children's toys of the 1950's

We used  to make our own paper dolls from catalogs.  Anybody remember the Betsy McCall cutouts in the McCall magazine?    

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Wow I absolutely LOVED Betsy McCall, I loved all paper dolls, my favorite thing to play with when I was home sick.

 


@Pook wrote:

We used  to make our own paper dolls from catalogs.  Anybody remember the Betsy McCall cutouts in the McCall magazine?    


 

 

 

 

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Re: Children's toys of the 1950's

I was born in 1955 so I had a few years of 1950's toys lets see what I can remember,  I am not sure these was 50s. or 60s.

Chatty, Cathy, Lincoln Logs, Mr Potato Head using a real potato, HO Lionel Race Car Sets

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Re: Children's toys of the 1950's

Hi QualityGal,

I still have my viewmaster.  (I'm 65). It's brown plastic (maybe it's bakelite???). Can't find the box, but I'm sure it's around somewhere. 

 

Thanks for memories!

 

I loved paperdolls!

 

Remember kaleidoscopes?

Hoola Hoops

Jump rope (When we didn't have 2 "enders", we tied the rope around a street lamp post.)

Roller skates with the clamps! And skate keys!!!  We drew chalk "roller rinks" in the street. We were always on the lookout for cars.  Car, Car, C-A-R.

Climbing trees

stick ball

slinky

coloring books

 

 

Lots of simple toys and activities that we really enjoyed!

 

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Re: Children's toys of the 1950's

Does playing Monopoly & colors & color books count?  Old Maid too.  I am walking with a child hood friend soon,  maybe we can think of some more.  

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@I am still oxox wrote:

I was born in 1955 so I had a few years of 1950's toys lets see what I can remember,  I am not sure these was 50s. or 60s.

Chatty, Cathy, Lincoln Logs, Mr Potato Head using a real potato, HO Lionel Race Car Sets


LOL When I told my DD and SIL that our "original" Mr. Potato head needed a real potato, they laughed. It was tooooo weird for them. (We also used apples.)

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We didn't have a lot of  expensive toys in the 50's. I had about  two dolls. However, we did have paper dolls and coloring books a lot. My grandma taught me to sew by using old babuskas and fabric scraps to make doll clothes. When I wanted a bike my older brother got a new bike and I got his old beat up one which my Dad had taken apart, fixed and painted.

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This would come to no surprise to anyone who knows me, but I still have my Chatty Cathy. And my Barbie doll ,all her clothes and case.

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I remember the real potato for Mr Potato Head.

Tiny Tears babydoll, loved her.