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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!

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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