Vincent Price, the actor with the distinctive “horror movie” voice, would have been 104 years old this week. This makes it a perfect time shine a spotlight on one of the toys he endorsed in the mid-1970s: the Vincent Price Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit.
First published in 1974, A Toy is Born is still an enjoyable read for anyone interested in a look back at the origins of some classic toys and games and the national issues of advertising and toy safety that faced the industry at the time.
An advertisement for Tinkertoys from Playskool. The company acquired Tinkertoy in 1985 and redesigned the toy in 1992 for its 80th anniversary. Tinkertoys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.