Toys in the 1950s

Oh hey, Amy. Thought I'd see what you're up to in 1950-something. 

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You're helping out the neighbours?

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Oh, you're babysitting.

And you have a splitting headache?


Well, just wait until you get the kids into bed.

Because that's when ...

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You can check out all their cool retro toys!
And even play with them if you feel like it, which I'm pretty sure you will. 

The most popular toys in the 1950s are:
Play-Doh
Gumby
Hoola Hoop
Mr. Potato Head
Slinky
Pogo Stick
Spinning Top

And, of course, BARBIE.

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Manufactured by the American toy company, Mattel, Inc., Barbie was launched in March, 1959.

Ken was released for sale in 1960.

Dark haired Barbie came out for sale in the early 1960s.

Mattel has sold over one billion Barbie dolls.

In 2009, Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday.

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Midge is a character first released in 1963. According to Wikipedia, Midge was created along with Skipper to counteract criticism that claimed Barbie was a sex symbol.

Ken's friend, Allan, was released in 1964.


Look who's waving! Why, it's Skipper and her friend Scooter!


Don't forget Slinky! 

Invented by Richard James in 1943, Slinky's tricks included travelling down stairs, end-over-end. It was first demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia in November, 1945. Its entire inventory of 400 sold out in 90 minutes.        

Or Mr. Potato Head!


Mr. Potato Head was invented by George Lerner in 1949, and first manufactured and distributed by Hasbro in 1952. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television, and has been in production ever since.


So, Amy. Why not try and have some fun with these original toys, since you're stuck in the 1950s and may never get the chance again.

All you have to do is let loose the child in you.