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Kids of today might find it hard to imagine how people ever managed without all the high-tech stuff they have access to. But back in the days of the first white settlers, these were America’s primary tools and toys. Some were even still to be found in my day. Like, pomanders (though I think they […]


Definitely something I remember fondly from my childhood. https://www.viewmaster.co.uk/htm/history.asp https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/charles-harrison-dead-industrial-designer-sears-smithsonian-view-master-a8690376.html


  Besides my vast collection of paper dolls, I had some actual dolls, too. http://www.historyofdolls.com/


My oldest brother was a maker of model aeroplanes, but my second preferred cars – ready-made. He collecting die-cast models before I was born, and is still doing so today. And the first ones he had were Dinky toys. http://toytrove.co.uk/dinky-die-cast-a-brief-history-of-toys/ https://www.catawiki.com/stories/1727-how-to-determine-the-value-of-dinky-toys-and-other-die-cast-model-cars


  Share with your kids the Christmas toys you remember best.  


By the end of January, if not before, a lot of kids will already be bored with some of the stuff they got for Christmas, so here’s a decade-by-decade look at the toys their parents and grandparents favoured in their day. https://www.parent.com/the-toys-that-have-captured-kids-imaginations-for-decades/  


Know a kid who got a golliwog for Christmas? Probably not. Since the late nineteen-sixties the once beloved cuddly toy has gradually been phased out, due to what many perceive as racist associations. (See article below.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1136016/How-golliwog-went-innocent-childrens-hero-symbol-bitter-controversy.html My son got the one pictured in this blog well after they became persona non grata. But he […]


Most children who celebrate Christmas expect to receive toys, and those not bestowed by the various incarnations of Father Christmas generally come from toy shops. The oldest one still going is Hamleys, which first opened its doors as “Noah’s Ark” in London England in 1770. Hamleys now has branches in several countries, and since Britain’s […]

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