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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.

Vintage Advertising

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

Lionel Trains with Magne-Traction (1953)

Locomotives equipped with Magne-Traction had driving wheels that were magnetized through the insertion of Alnico magnets in the driving axles.

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Playskool Tape Recorder (1992)

An advertisement from 1992 for the Playskool Tape Recorder, reflecting a time when cassettes were still king.

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Beany-Copter from Mattel (1963)

Mattel’s Beany-Copter was inspired by the Beany and Cecil Show, an animated cartoon series that ran for eight seasons on ABC.

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Fisher-Price Play Desk (1972)

This iconic learning toy allowed children to learn to spell, draw, and count using letters, stencils as well as chalk and an eraser.

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