Skip to Main Navigation Skip to Content
A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.
Menu

Support independent toy stores! Visit Being Toyetic, our online directory that makes it easy to find neighbourhood toy stores everywhere!

Showboat from Remco (1962)


In 1962, Remco released Showboat, a replica river steamship and theater. Budding child entertainers could to stage their own two-act plays in the whip, which stood a whopping 25-inches long by 14-inches tall. While it was not designed for use in water, a set of rollers allowed it to move across the floor as if navigating down a waterway.

The Showboat stage measured approximately 12-inches in length. Children could choose from four pre-packaged plays: Heidi, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, and Pinnochio. Each play was written especially for the company in easy-to-read scripts and included pre-cut cardboard sets and a cast of characters with plastic stands.

The sets were fairly detailed, with stage instructions and a series of cardboard backdrops that could be changed to match the story. A built-in curtain could also be raised and lowered as needed.

Explore classic toys and games that captured our attention and never let go.