About Toy Tales

Behind every toy and game there’s a story.

Toy Tales takes a look back at the objects that inspired children to play, think, experiment, and dream during the 1940s through the 1980s. We chronicle the stories behind weird, wonderful, and entertaining toys and games, the people who brought them to life, and the modern-day individuals who uphold their legacies.

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Todd Coopee

Todd is a toy historian and award-winning author.

Through his writing, he takes audiences on a journey of celebration and appreciation of the objects that inspired curiosity, thought, experimentation, and wonder during the formative years of popular culture development in North America.

A natural collector with a curious mind, he has researched, curated, and written about comic books and vintage toys for many years. This predisposition led to his writing the 2013 retrospective, Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake® Oven.

After its release, Light Bulb Baking garnered him two awards in 2014: Silver Best New Voice (non-fiction) Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award and Bronze Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East) Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Award.

He is an engaging writer with a focus on toys, nostalgia, and collecting. He writes and curates Toy Tales, and is owner of Sonderho Press, a boutique publishing company that brings to life – and to market – non-fiction books on the subjects of nostalgia, popular culture, and memorabilia.

He grew up in Western Massachusetts, but now he lives in Ottawa, Ontario and can often be found exploring vintage toy fairs and antique markets, looking for unique objects to add to his collection.

You can reach Todd at todd@toytales.ca.

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Joanna Hauser

Joanna is a writer, researcher, and fan of all things strange.

Endlessly curious about people’s hobbies and passions, Joanna shares her curiosity through thoughtful and entertaining interviews and posts presented by Toy Tales.

Author of no books, Joanna can usually be found reading comics, scouring flea markets for things she doesn’t need, and binge-watching television classics such as The Prisoner, Wonder Woman, and Star Trek.

You can reach Joanna at joanna@toytales.ca.