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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.


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.

Cozy Coupe

Little Tike’s Cozy Coupe toy car was designed by Jim Mariol, a one-time employee of Chrysler.

George Henderson

George Henderson opened Canada’s first-ever comic book store, Memory Lane Books, in Toronto in 1967.

Madame Alexander

Madame Alexander was the first manufacturer to release a doll based on a licensed character with the company’s Alice in Wonderland doll in 1930.

Mister Rogers’ Sweater

One of Fred Rogers’ iconic sweaters worn by the star in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is preserved at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Garbage Pail Kids

Garbage Pail Kids were known as The Snotlings in Italy.