Top Toys From The Early 1900s
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Old Time Classics
1. Matchbox Penny Dinner Set (1910): These are Japanese toys made in Japan that have a knife, fork and spoon that comes in a cardboard box set. The Matchbox Penny Toy Company has made many toys over the years but, the silverware set was there first. The set also came packed with a pamphlet telling you about the items. If you ever find a new Matchbox Penny it is worth a lot of cash.
2. Tiddly Winks (1901): Tiddly Winks is played on a mat on a floor. You try to land disks in a bucket. The disks come in four colors. Four players must compete in this game. The game can be played in singles and pairs tournaments which believe it or not, is actually fun. The idea at the time was to bring a fairgrounds type of game and bring it to children at home.
3. Greenberg's Toy Trains (1901): These trains have lights on the front and they make a choo-choo noise when they go around the track. Some train sets are battery controlled and some are controlled through the electrical outlet. It is important to keep the tracks clear of trash and dust so that it doesn't mess up the functionality of the train.
4. Erector Set (1913): This is a bucket of building materials. They come in pieces are made of metal. You can construct things with the nuts and bolts. This set teaches children to use critical thinking skills as they use their imagination to build. It gives them good experience early in life with construction. It is limited on what you can do with it but for young kids it is a perfect way to start out.
5. Lincoln Logs (1916): Lincoln Logs are wooden logs that have grooves cut out in them on the ends. You can stack the logs to make log cabins. They are great for children to play with and it teaches them teamwork and cooperation with one another. It also helps keep them sharp with their reasoning and critical thinking skills.
6. Tin Toys (1900): A tin toy is a toy that is made out of tin plate (steel plated with tin). They are usually painted. They have had tin toys of ships, cars, ducks, robots, people, animals and even fish under the sea. Originally, tin toys had no movement but, now they have movable parts such as arms, legs and vehicle wheels.
7. Sleds (1902): These are sold at old fashioned hardware type stores and also some major department stores depending on what area of the country that you live in. I hope that whoever gets to enjoy this on a regular basis, I also hope that you have a safe place to use your sled. Living in Alabama we do not have heavy snow fall very often and it is hard to find sleds.
8. Piggy Bank (1903): The banks come in many shapes, sizes and designs. They are made of all different materials. Some of the banks come with a stopper in the bottom so that the money does not just fall out of the bottom. Also, Piggie Banks can be colored and have many designs engraved on them. I had lots of piggy banks over the years and the worst part is having to shatter them to get your coins.
9. Cup and Ball Toy (1904): The title states the obvious. The cup is attached to a piece of wood and the string is attached to the back of the board with a staple. The miniature basketball is attached to the other end of the string. You then are ready, to start shaking the board. The object of course is to make the basketball in the cup. You can play this game on your own or with a friend, to see who gets the most baskets,
10. Spinning Tops (1907): I had replicas of the original spinning tops. My brother and I were fascinated with the spinning top. We would have competitions to see who could make the top spin the longest amount of time. Those were good times. They came in different sizes with different colors as well. It comes now made with wood, metal and even hard plastic for the lower costing ones.
Original spinning tops were made of wood. Then, they started painting the wood blue, green, yellow and red. You can still buy the original wood, painted wood or plastic. Younger children are usually more attracted to this toy versus older children.
* Please share your favorite toy from the early 1900s with me by leaving your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this page.
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Lincoln logs may have come out in the early 1900s but, I can recall getting some in the early 80s and loving them. There are all kinds of logs including Lego Logs nowadays but, nothing beats the original.
They used to come in just the wooden color looking like a log. Now you can paint them or even by different colors to paint them with.
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