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Vintage Advertising

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

Trivial Pursuit

A 1984 ad for Trivial Pursuit. The initial release of the Genus Edition in 1981 was followed by a series of subsidiary card sets, including the Baby Boomer Edition, Young Players Edition, and the Silver Screen Edition.

View-Master

A 1979 ad for View-Master Gift Paks. Gift Paks were packaged in branded canisters and included a View-Master Viewer and seven full-color 3-D reels, 49 scenes in all.

Blythe Fashion Doll

Released by Kenner Products in 1972, The Blythe doll is easily identified by her large head and eyes. Her enduring popularity with enthusiasts has made her a cult classic.

The Thing

This battery operated novelty toy bank is based on the disembodied hand (Thing) made famous on The Addams Family television show.

Ice Bird

“Ice Bird, Ice Bird, you’re such a nice bird. Let’s make an Ice Bird treat!”

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.

KerPlunk

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

Snap-Togethers

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

Monopoly

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

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?!?

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.

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.