by Ohio Art
What can you say about the Etch A Sketch® that hasn’t already been said? There are Etch A Sketch® websites, Etch A Sketch® drawing contests and Etch A Sketch® clubs. There’s Etch A Sketch® pop art, Etch A Sketch® reminiscing, Etch A Sketch® history and Etch A Sketch® reviews. There’s Etch A Sketch® classic and Etch A Sketch® modern and even an Etch A Sketch® comic strip. There are giant Etch A Sketches and mini Etch A Sketches and Etch A Sketches on YouTube.
Front cover of a 1973 Blue Chip Stamps catalog.
There was a catalog lying on coffee tables throughout America back in the 1970s. Children around the country would pick up the catalog and browse through the toy section. Imaginations ran wild with thoughts of, “If I had a million dollars…” “For Christmas…” “I’m getting this for my birthday…” “I want…” and “Can I have…” The Blue Chip Stamp catalog was used to redeem the popular trading stamps for TOYS (if you were a kid) and lots of other stuff if you were an adult.
by Maggie Magnetic
You can’t fault the success of this toy, but I had mixed emotions about the Whee-lo my parents bought for my brothers and me when we were kids.
Why does the hummingbird hum? Professor I.M. Smart knows. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Professor I.M. Smart knows. What is air? Professor I.M. Smart knows.
Eldon Power Blocks Vehicle Set
With Eldon Power Blocks construction sets, you can create your own unique toys in minutes. The plastic building blocks–called “Power Blocks”– snap together into many configurations designed by Eldon and depicted in the instruction booklet that was included with the set.
Pull the lever!
Aimed at a younger age group, Marx produced the Pull Lever and Learn
tin toy in 1968. This is a simple educational, sight-recognition and reading toy that might remind you of an alternative to Matell’s See ‘n Say
. The See ‘n Say was an educational toy created by Mattel in 1965 after the success of its talking Chatty Cathy doll. In contrast, the Marx Pull Lever and Learn
toy has no intended
sound. The only noise this vintage tin toy makes is the spinning of the metal drum and the clink of the handle as it locks the drum after it springs back into place.