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Vintage Advertising

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!

Etch A Sketch

On July 12, 2015, Etch A Sketch will officially turn 55. Here’s a vintage ad from 1960 to help you celebrate.

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Blip – The Digital Game

Released by TOMY in 1977, Blip was a hand-held version of Atari’s popular Pong video game.

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Bionic Beauty Salon

A 1976 ad from Kenner for the Bionic Beauty Salon – the place where the Bionic Woman would unwind after doing battle with the Fembots.

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KerPlunk

Rock out to this 1993 TV commercial for KerPlunk from Tyco Toys.

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Shoop Shoop Hula Hoop

WHAM-O reinvigorated the hula hoop craze by adding sound! The Shoop Shoop Hula Hoop sported a new, brighter colour palette and had six ¼-in.-diameter ball bearings placed inside of it to give it a “whirry” sound.

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Volvo P1800 from Dinky Toys

A fantastic TV commercial from the 1960s for Dinky’s Volvo P1800. The voice-over is from Australian radio personality John Laws.

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Snap-Togethers

A vintage ad from 1975 for Snap-Together model kits from Revell. “No Gluing! No Painting! They’re a snap!”

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Chatty Cathy from Mattel

Chatty Cathy was a pull-string, “talking” doll produced by Mattel from 1959 to 1965.

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Monopoly

A vintage ad from 1967 for Monopoly from Parker Brothers. “Mother cleans up again! But this time it’s fun…”

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Rebound Game from Ideal

It’s the Watsons vs. the Klepels in this 1974 commercial for the Rebound Game from Ideal. Which family will win the $1,000,000 Rebound Championship?!?

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Tinkertoys

An advertisement for Tinkertoys from Playskool. The company acquired Tinkertoy in 1985 and redesigned the toy in 1992 for its 80th anniversary. Tinkertoys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Barbie from Mattel

The first commercial for Barbie aired on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1959. The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.

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Wheelie-Bar

If you were looking for help “popping a wheelie” on your Sting Ray bike, the Wheelie-Bar from WHAM-O was your ticket to ride (literally).

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Robot Commando from Ideal

Released in 1961 by the Ideal Toy Company, Robot Commando was a 19-inch tall robot constructed of red, blue, yellow, black and white plastic.

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Space Pilot Helmet

In 1952, Tarco Toys allowed you to “whiz through space” with your very own Space Pilot Helmet.

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Swing Wing from Transogram

The Swing Wing was “a hula hoop for your head” – proof positive that the 1960s were where it was at! Somebody get these kids to a neck specialist stat!

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Masterpiece: The Art Auction Game from Parker Brothers

Which flamboyant bidder did you play? Was it Baron Dietrich von Oberlitzer, “Bitsy” Rich Wong Dobrowski Keyes, Count François du Bonnet, Millicent Friendly, Roxy “Big D” Warrenson of Dallas, TX, or V. Elton Whitehall Esq.?

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