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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.



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. 

Walt Disney

Walt Disney’s first animation studio was called Laugh-O-Gram.

Toy Hall of Fame 2018

UNO, pinball, and the Magic 8-Ball were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2018.

STEM Industry

The market for child development toys is expected to reach about $40 billion worldwide by 2019; STEM/STEAM toys are projected to comprise 76% of that market.

Which Witch?

The classic children’s board game ‘Which Witch?’ from Milton Bradley was created by Joseph Burck of Marvin Glass and Associates.


The board game ‘Careers’ was initially developed and self-published by sociologist Dr. James Cooke Brown as a way to demonstrate that being successful in life can take many forms.

Castle Halloween Museum – Altoona, Pennsylvania

Castle Halloween Museum offers the public a chance to view the private Halloween collection of author and Halloween Queen™, Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell. Apkarian-Russell’s 35,000-piece collection has been amassed over decades of careful curation. Visitors to the Museum are treated to a display of Halloween-related folk art, sculptures, books, toys, dolls, games, and novelty items from… Read more »

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