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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.

TRN Podcast

The TRN Podcast invites listeners to kick back and wax nostalgic about cartoons, comics, movies, toys, and other things that made life fun in decades past.

Tutor Typer from TOMY (1977)

In 1977, TOMY released the Tutor Typer, an educational toy designed to help children, ages 3 to 8, learn to spell, count, and use a keyboard. 

Computer Museum of America – Roswell, Georgia

Located in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) is home to more than 250,000 technology artifacts, making it one of the largest computer collections in the world.


A group of friends joined forces to create a toy company and ended up entertaining generations of children and families.

Hula Hoop

Indonesia initially banned the Hula Hoop upon its release in 1958 because the government feared it caused sexual feelings and behaviour.

The Friday Five: Nathan Vernon Madison

Once considered a lowbrow form of entertainment, pulp magazines went on to influence major contemporary filmmakers. The Pulp Magazine Project’s editorial board member, Nathan Vernon Madison, talked to Toy Tales about the genre’s journey from guilty pleasure to respected art form.