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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.

Kiddie Koo Koo Clock from Topper Toys (1950s)

Before becoming one of the most prolific toy design & engineering firms, Marvin Glass & Associates dabbled in the design of novelty toys that were acquired and sold by various toy companies throughout the 1950s. One such example is The Kiddie Koo Koo Clock from Topper Toys.

The Kiddie Koo Koo was a multi-coloured, plastic hand-held toy designed to “act like a real, big Koo Koo Clock”. The toy’s packaging claimed that the holder would be able to “amaze your friends and give you days chuck-full of fun.”

Generating Koo Koo sounds involved blowing into the mouthpiece while moving one’s thumb up and down to cover and uncover a hole in the stem of the toy. The more rapid the movement, the faster the Koo Koo sounded. At the same time, a “Birdie Lever” directly above the mouthpiece was forced open by the upper lip, causing the blue door to open and a spring-activated yellow birdie to emerge.

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