Monday, July 27, 2009

Children's Toys

I had a job at an imported children's toy store. It was probably my favorite job ever. The owner made a point of not carrying toys that were advertised on TV. I learned that children's toys and books are some of the most creative and joyful things known to man. When I worked there I made a point of giving everyone on my Christmas list a toy. We all doubled over in a fit of laughter when we all tried playing Christmas carols on our kazoos. (Don't knock it till you've tried it!)
Since that time, I have collected, what I call classic toys. You all know what they are; jacks, Tinker Toys, Mr. Potato Head, Cooties, pick up sticks, to name a few.
Pick up sticks and jacks; a child's summer afternoon of fun.

Road map, road signs and Matchbox cars

What classic toy collection would be complete without a jack-in-the-box?

Remember the exasperating number puzzle?

Tinker toys kept many a child busy on a rainy afternoon.

Road Games; remember Mr. Wooly where you use a magnet to make his iron filings hairdos?

Paper Dolls; these have a twist; they're magnetic.

The original and very used Barbie!

Every child needs atleast one teaset in their life

WooHoo, Mr. Potato Head (having trouble with these photos turning, any ideas readers?)

Grandma's Old Favorite; String Thread Spools on a Shoestring

Card Games; Crazy Eights, Hearts, Old Maid and Rummy.

The Duncan Classics; Etch a Sketch, Yo-Yo and Slinky.

I'm more than a little embarrassed to say I fed into the Beanie Baby craze. I have shared most of the collection during the holidays with Toys for Tots. Here are some "collector's choices(?)".

Children's books are a favorite of mine to collect. Take a look, bet you've read more than a few of these...

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