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Tic-Toy Clock from Hubley (1959)

Released in 1959 by Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Hubley the Tic-Toy Clock was a take-apart, wind-up plastic toy designed to both teach and tell time. The toy was designed and patented by Marvin Glass & Associates and was a precursor to MGA’s other iconic take-apart, wind-up plastic toy, Mr. Machine.

Hubley deconstructed the Tic-Toy Clock into 25 individual pieces. Each piece was colour-coded, making it easier for children to assemble the clock. Detailed assembly instructions were included, including for the spring-driven mechanical assembly. Once constructed, the colourful clock stood 12” tall x 8” wide. When wound up, it would run and keep time for up to 14 hours.

Shortly after its release, the Tic-Toy Clock was lauded by Science & Mechanics magazine with a Merit Award as one of the best toys of 1959.

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