Top Toys of The 1920s
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1. Teddy Bear (1929): I have lots of Teddy Bears as has everyone else. I know that I still have my first teddy bear who was really loved because he was worn out. Now, children can go to the malls and pick a bear and making it their own. An interesting fact that I came across is that the teddy bear is named after, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt. Teddy bears come in all shapes and sizes. For children, they are looked at as a safety blanket. This toy has stood the test of time and is still a favorite for children and adults as well to this day.
2. Trampoline (1928): This is a toy that is made of a thick stretched material and once stretched you are able to propel yourself into the air. Children enjoy this trampoline as a toy but, they are really getting exercise. Originally, trampolines didn't come with a safety net but, now they are made available and sold separately. I personally, think that this is a good investment. Trampoline's make a good place to lay down and have girl talk.
3. Radio Flyer Wagon (1927): This wagon is made of steel and has been a favorite toy of children everywhere for over 70 years. I had one of these wagons and it was red. By the time I outgrew that wagon, it had almost all of the paint removed. I carried everything in that red wagon. These wagons of vintage age are worth lots of money to the right collector.
4. Cap Guns (1922): These toy guns make a loud noise when the gun is fired. Originally, cap guns were made of cast iron but, now they are made of a hard plastic or metal. In the 1920s the kids would use the guns to play cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians. Now they have cap pistols and cap rifles. By the time my brother was born in the 80s, there were replicas of the cap gun that were made to be played with.
5. Marbles (1923): Marbles are made from glass, steel. plastic and sometimes even clay. There are various games that can be played with marbles and there's a National Marble Tournament held every year. My first set of marbles, I will never forget were all blue and made of glass. Originally, marbles were small but now they come in different sizes.
6. Doll House (1920): I always envied the girls that had the money to buy a fancy doll house. The Barbie doll house was the most wanted item for a little girl back in the 20s and they used to be made with wood only. Now they have them painted and fully decorated like a real house fully equipped with a kitchen, living room and bedrooms. Now Custom Doll Houses have swimming pools, hot tubs and more.
7. Pop Up Book (1927): Refers to any three dimensional or movable book. The pop-up book was originally made for adults but, over time they were turned in to children's books. When pop-up books came out, simple items such as cows or horses would "pop-up", as you turn the pages. Now, as you turn the pages, there's music and sounds to accompany the pictures and words.
8. Chemistry Set (1929): A chemistry set is considered a fun toy but, also an educational tool. Different chemistry sets came with different items used in chemistry. They also came with a handbook to explain how to perform simple chemistry experiments. Some of the contents that you may find in a chemistry set are: thermometer, magnifying glass, safety goggles, vials of dry chemicals, just to name a few. As a child I had a miniature chemistry set and it was a great learning tool.
9. Mickey Mouse Dolls (1928): Mickey Mouse dolls came out shortly after the Mickey Mouse cartoon. They came fully dressed with yellow shoes and the classic red Mickey Mouse trousers. The original dolls didn't speak but, now the dolls are be programmed to say 50 phrases. If you can locate one of these dolls in great condition you can make a ton of money.
10. Bird Whistles (1921): Bird whistles were used by kids to call birds. They make a funny noise that attracts our winged friends. Although bird whistles can be thought of as a toy, they can be used to enjoy nature. I love bird watching and I believe that I got this love of nature from my mom's father. He was always watching the different birds that came into his yard.
* Please share with me what your favorite toy is from the 1920s era by leaving your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this hub.
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