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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.


Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star was unveiled on November 18, 1978.

Easy-Bake Oven

The Easy-Bake Oven was inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2006.

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper designed costumes for the Cotton Club and Ziegfeld Follies before founding his Halloween costume manufacturing company, Ben Cooper Inc.


Automobile designer George Barris auctioned the Batmobile from the original television series for $4.6 million in 2013.


The first Chess tournament to be played entirely by computer programs took place in New York in 1970.

Teddy Bears

Ideal Novelty and Toy Company was the first maker of teddy bears in the United States.

Hot Wheels

The first Hot Wheels car off the manufacturing line was a dark blue Redline Custom Camaro.

Peter Pan Records

Synthetic Plastics Company of New Jersey introduced children’s record label Peter Pan Records in 1948.

Slip ‘N Slide

The Slip ‘N Slide water toy was invented by upholsterer Robert Carrier in 1960 and later sold to Wham-O.