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Vintage Advertising

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

Atari Video Computer System

“We’re Atari. And if someone in your family hasn’t asked for us yet, get ready. They’re going to.”

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Mystery Date by Milton Bradley

When you open the door will your mystery date be a dream or a dud? Dig that catchy jingle!

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The Imposters

“Suddenly a mild mannered street machine changes into nearly a foot of road gobbling racing machine.” They were kind of like Transformers… before Transformers!

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Barbie Dream House by Mattel

A 1960 television commercial for the Barbie Dream House from Mattel. It’s retro-chic!

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Green Machine by Marx

A 1978 television commercial for Louis Marx and Company’s Green Machine. What a ride!

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

This two-player action toy featuring dueling robot boxers proved to be a hit for the Marx Toy Company when it was released to the North American market in 1966.

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Mouse Trap Game

An early television commercial for Ideal Toy Company’s Mouse Trap Game. Inspired by the work of cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg, the game was originally released in 1963. Hasbro is still selling it today.

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Silly Putty

A vintage comic book ad for Silly Putty – “The Wonder Toy of the Twentieth Century.”

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Easy Bake, Easy Bake, Fast As You Can!

Easy-Bake birthday week continues with this #TBT post of a 1963 television commercial for the toy oven from Kenner Products.

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Simon Says…

Milton Bradley launched Simon in 1978 at the infamous Studio 54 in New York City.

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Aurora Plastics Corporation

Most famous for their plastic model kits of classic Hollywood monsters, New York-based Aurora Plastics Corporation also produced a series of licensed models based on other characters from movies, television shows and comic books in the 1950s and ’60s.

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