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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.

Singer Sewing Machines from Gilbert Toys (1963)

A dealer advertisement from 1963 for the “Sewhandy” Singer Sewing Machines toy line from The A. C. Gilbert Company.

The “Sewhandy” Electric (model #14325) was powered by a 115-volt electric motor. The metal machine came with a carry-case for storage and a sewing kit that included material, patterns, thread, appliques, and instructions for making a clothing bag.

The “Sewhandy” (model #14323) had all the features of its more expensive counterpart but was manually operated. The included sewing kit swapped in instructions for making an apron.

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!