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Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art Company (1960)

For more than 50 years, the Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art Company has provided a creative outlet for both children and adults. Since its release in the United States on July 12, 1960 at a price of $2.99, the toy has sold over 150 million units.

Hungry Hungry Hippos from Hasbro

“It’s a race, it’s a chase, hurry up and feed their face!” Hungry Hungry Hippos was released by Milton Bradley (a division of Hasbro) in 1978.

Hot Wheels FacTOYd

Hot Wheels released its 1968 “Custom Corvette” before General Motors released the actual car.

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.

Slinky FacTOYd

Pennsylvania designated the Slinky as the official State toy in 2001.

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.

Spirograph from Kenner (1965)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts & crafts project – Spirograph is all of these things and fun to boot. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle.