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Vintage Advertising

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

Auto-Rama from A.C. Gilbert (1961)

This 1961 dealer advertisement for Power Steering Pit Stop from A.C. Gilbert features two add-on products for the company’s Autorama racing line.

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Big John from Parker Brothers (1994)

A 1994 dealer advertisement for Big John from parker Brothers. Advertised as “the electronic flush and burp game.”

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Birthday Surprise from Tiger Games (1989)

A 1989 dealer advertisement for Birthday Surprise from Tiger Games. Advertised as “the lights and music birthday cake game”, the board game was all about conspicuous consumption.

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Jewel Magic from Mattel (1975)

When loaded with beads, Jewel Magic produced “oodles of baubles ‘n bangles” at the turn of its handle.

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The Wing Thing from Gilbert (1963)

In 1963, Gilbert released The Wing Thing, an “all-weather flying vehicle” that stood a whopping 36-inches long by 48-inches wide.

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