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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.

Spirograph from Kenner (1971)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, and arts-and-crafts project, Spirograph was first marketed in the UK and migrated stateside in 1966. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle. This vintage advertisement appeared in a 1971 Kenner sales catalog.

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