Either my sisters or I had many of the above-pictured toys – ah, the fond memories. Fisher Price “Little People” were probably my favorite toy of all time, as I have written about earlier. My dad built us an awesome playhouse in the backyard, complete with windows and a front porch, and we set up Little People world in there – we had the castle, the hospital, the school, etc – we made more houses from large boxes, and built a church from blocks. Our record player (yes, that’s how we used to listen to music) was the skating rink: we would turn on the turntable with the little people set on top of it, and they would “skate!”
My mom found a library book awhile back about popular toys from the ’60s, and I had fun browsing through it. I made note of some of the toys I either had or remembered – maybe some will sound familiar to you as well:
Chatty Cathy was mentioned, and while I think she was a bit before my time, she reminded me of a doll I remember: Crissy. I never had one, but remember being fascinated by them at friends’ houses. You pulled her hair, and it would grow! Then, with the push of a button, it would be short again!
Etch-A-Sketch: I remember having one of these, although I can’t claim I ever created the wildly intricate pictures with it that some kids could make.
Wooly Willy – or whatever name yours had: those toys where you moved metal filings around with a handy magnetic wand (we always needed Mom’s help to get the wand out of its plastic keeper). I think our Wooly Willy is under the front seat of the van as I speak.
Yes, these are the kinds of things we used to do on car trips before the advent of DVD players in vehicles. That, and play car bingo or the game where you would try to find each alphabet letter on road signs, one at a time. “Q” was always a challenge!
Colorforms: Those thin vinyl pieces which could be stuck to a plastic scene, and then removed and used again. I had a set of Lucy ones, which I remember playing with often. It was always a challenge to put each piece back on the black background properly after playing (I specifically remember the set had probably a million little snowflakes and raindrop pieces!).
More toys to come next time, but maybe this has sparked some memories. Did you have any of these vintage toys, or others you remember?