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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Profiles of Ingenuity

Gain a deeper understanding of the characters – real and fictional – responsible for so many fond childhood memories.

Jim Henson: Puppet Master

Jim Henson was a television pioneer and innovative visual artist who raised puppeteering to a new art form.

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Louis Marx: Playtime Reinvented

Louis Marx was once referred to as “the Henry Ford of the toy industry”. He was a toy tycoon from the 1920s into the 1970s whose toys elevated playtime and inspired creativity in children around the world.

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Joshua Lionel Cowen: Fast Track to Success

Cowen applied his talent for engineering and innate curiosity to create model trains that captured the attention of rail enthusiasts for generations.

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Ernő Rubik: STEM Pioneer

Ernő Rubik evolved his idea for a simple teaching tool into an international bestselling exercise in frustration and triumph.

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A.C. Gilbert: Master of Innovation

A.C. Gilbert left a promising career in medicine to create toy kits that inspired generations of engineers, scientists, and tinkerers.

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George S. Parker: Game Changer

George S. Parker was one of the most prolific individual inventors in toy- and game-industry history and the force behind Parker Brothers, a pioneering toy and game manufacturer.

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Charles S. Raizen: Patterning Playtime

Charles S. Raizen invented a new way to transfer patterns through friction, creating a new niche and earning his place in toy-industry history.

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Rod Serling: Altering Realities

Rod Serling’s radio and television productions are steeped in intrigue. As screenwriter, producer, host, and narrator of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling challenged television audiences to open their minds to new realities and break free of social conventions.

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Wham-O: Icons of Outdoor Play

Great toys have an indelible impact on the memories of children. While many manufacturers are lucky to produce just one such toy. Wham-O is one of the few to have consistently turned out hit after hit.

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Beatrice Alexander: Creating an Industry

Beatrice Alexander elevated the craft of doll making in the United States and around the world. Crowned the “First Lady of Dolls” by FAO Schwarz, her dolls are highly valued by collectors and museums alike.

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Rube Goldberg: Breaking Convention

This engineer and artist had a talent for breaking convention. His zany cartoons showcased elaborately engineered devices designed to perform simple tasks.

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Clowns of Pop Culture

For centuries clowns have entertained and amused us while reaching into our deepest insecurities. As Halloween approaches, Toy Tales celebrates some of pop culture’s most recognizable clowns.

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Worldwide Day of Play

Worldwide Day of Play is an annual event created by Nickelodeon to encourage people to turn off the television, step away from their connected devices, and get outside to play.

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