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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.


Trivial Pursuit

The artwork for Trivial Pursuit was created in 1980 by then 18-year-old artist Michael Wurstlin for five shares in the company.

Speak & Spell

Speak & Spell, released in 1978 by Texas Instruments, was one of the first computerized learning tools designed to help children work on pronunciation and spelling. 

Space Invaders

The Space Invaders arcade game was originally released as a cocktail-table cabinet with black and white graphics.


Over four billion LEGO minifigs have been manufactured since their introduction in 1978.

A.C. Gilbert

American toy inventor A.C. Gilbert was the first president of The Toy Manufacturers of the U.S.A., now known as the Toy Industry Association.

Stretch Armstrong

The original Stretch Armstrong was filled with boiled corn syrup to achieve its unique stretchability.


Mattel originally sold picture frames before making their mark in the toy industry.

Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented by accident, the result of a failed experiment undertaken during World War II to develop a synthetic alternative to rubber.


The game Operation was invented in 1962 by John Spinello, while he was an industrial design student at the University of Illinois.