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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.

A Toy is Born

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.

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A vintage ad from 1967 for Monopoly from Parker Brothers. “Mother cleans up again! But this time it’s fun…”

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May 16th is National Sea-Monkey Day, a perfect time to check-in on one of my favorite oceanic “instant pets.” *spoilers ahead*

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Rebound Game from Ideal

It’s the Watsons vs. the Klepels in this 1974 commercial for the Rebound Game from Ideal. Which family will win the $1,000,000 Rebound Championship?!?

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Tetris FacTOYd

The catchy Tetris theme song is an arrangement of a 19th-century Russian folk tune called Korobeiniki.

Link Roundup: Mail-Order Edition

Amaze your friends with some mail-order items from comic books of yesteryear and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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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.

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Movie Viewer from Kenner (1975)

Kenner’s Movie Viewer was used to feature a variety of the company’s licensed properties, including Snoopy, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Star Wars and the movie Alien.

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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

This Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day in North America. A quick scan of the comics on the list reveals a variety of genres that should appeal to a wide-range of age groups.

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Barbie from Mattel

The first commercial for Barbie aired on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1959. The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.

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Sesame Street FacTOYd

In 1970, Sesame Street’s Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his signature song “Rubber Duckie.”