I know I’ve written before about how much my sister and I enjoyed playing with Fisher Price Little People when we were kids. I know I’ve also written about the playhouse our dad built for us in the backyard.
I came across this photo the other day, from July 1975, and it brought back fun memories of summer days spent in the playhouse with my sister, creating an entire world with our little people, or “kids” as we called them. You can see our Fisher Price Town (we got this one Christmas and absolutely loved it — it included so many of the neat features Fisher Price toys were known for, at least at the time: a garage with a floor for cars that could be raised and lowered, a post office with a slot to put letters in, a fire station with a tiny room with a bed for a fireman to spend the night, etc.)
Behind that are a couple of houses we made from cardboard boxes. We loved decorating these with pages from wallpaper sample books, and furniture we created from jello boxes and construction paper. Wall artwork consisted of pop bottle lids with tiny pictures glued inside. Check out the tiny bookshelf complete with homemade books, and of course the finishing touch: a toothpaste cap trash can!
So what’s happening here? Mom’s inscription on the back of the photo reads “parade in kid town” and sure enough, I see a car starting the parade and some residents carrying flags close behind. Is that a firetruck in the rear? And look at all the crowds lining the street.
Such fun memories of carefree summer days — sure, it was hot in the playhouse in humid southern Indiana, but we had a box fan in the doorway and the heat didn’t seem to bother us much.
Did you play with Fisher Price toys as a child? What was your favorite?