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Top Toys of The 1930s

Updated on April 26, 2017

Terrific Toys From The 30s

The View Master came out in the 1930s and was an instant hit. A view master allows you to look at different pictures by clicking a latch.
The View Master came out in the 1930s and was an instant hit. A view master allows you to look at different pictures by clicking a latch. | Source
Finger Paint was one of the most popular toys to come out in the 1930s. People still use it today and it's hours of fun.
Finger Paint was one of the most popular toys to come out in the 1930s. People still use it today and it's hours of fun. | Source
Scooters have been out for over 80 years. They now have manual scooters, motor scooters and electric scooters.
Scooters have been out for over 80 years. They now have manual scooters, motor scooters and electric scooters. | Source
A wooden train set was the first type of train set made. They are now made of metal, wood or even plastic. They used to require a power outlet. Now they can have an outlet, batteries or some are even solar powered.
A wooden train set was the first type of train set made. They are now made of metal, wood or even plastic. They used to require a power outlet. Now they can have an outlet, batteries or some are even solar powered. | Source
In the 1930s Daisy came out with the single pump Red Ryder BB Rifle.
In the 1930s Daisy came out with the single pump Red Ryder BB Rifle. | Source

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1. View Master (1938): The view masters looks like your own private movie when you look into the binoculars. You just simply place the slide into the back of the view finder. The Disney company came out with standard red. I still have my View Master and the slides that I have are Bambi, and Snow White. Even though my slides are from the year 1977, they are still in great shape. The newer ones are neat but nothing is as good as the original.

2. Finger Paint (1931): This is always a favorite activity of teachers, moms and dads for their children to play with. The kids are given paper plates and different colors on the plate. Then they are given something else to paint on. This is good to keep children busy for a while. You can do a child's hand print done in paint, this is always popular with the kids and the parents alike. Kids love to paint their faces with different colors.

3. Scooter (1932): There are many different brands of Scooters. They can be expensive as you want to pay or as cheap as you want to pay. Then there's the decision of whether to have a motorized scooter or non-motorized. I had a 2 wheel non-motorized scooter growing up and I had a lot of fun playing outside.

4. Rocking Horse (1933): Every child wants to ride this at the store so, to have a rocking horse at home is really something. My great uncle make my rocking horse out of a piece of log from our log cabin. It had leather ears and a tail made out of twine string. I still have my rocking horse as well. I will keep it forever because to me it is priceless.

5. Comic Books (1933): Comic books was an instant hit with young boys and teenagers. The majority of the comic books were based on super heroes. Superman and Batman have old comic books worth nearly a million dollars per copy which is astounding if you think about it.

6. Beach Ball (1938): Beach balls are played with not only in the swimming pool but, at the beach, at the lake or river. They come in different sizes and colors and they have to be inflated. They are fun to play also for volleyball style play two on two over a net. In the 20th century, beach balls are taken to baseball games and football games. I almost forgot concerts. That might be the best place especially, if it is dark. You can get removed from the game if security finds out it is you but, it does look really cool.

7. Red Ryder BB Gun (1938): Everyone knows the Red Ryder BB Gun from the movie A Christmas Story. If you are careful with the gun, you won't shoot your eye out. This was a famous line from the movie itself. The guns have a safety and the original guns were one pump action. Boys of all ages went crazy when the rifle came out for sale.

8. Toy Train Sets (1939): A train set is composed of freight cars, a caboose, a locomotive train and the train usually goes on the oval track. Sometimes using batteries and sometimes the electric outlet. They are controlled by using a hand controlled remote. It controls the speed of the train and the breaks. A nicer train will emit smoke and steam and make noise such as when the breaks are applied. The train set my brother had included, a railroad crossing. There were trees included in the layout as well. That was in the 1980s. So, once again something that cycled back around.

9. Sock Monkey (1932): Just as the name implies, the monkey is made from a sock. The original one came in only red but, now the Sock Monkey comes in different themes such as, birthday themed and Valentine's Day themed. All the people that I grew up all had sock monkey. Looking at the year that the toy originally came out, it came out again in the 70s that I knew of because, that is when I was born. It is odd how things circle back around.

10. Microscope Set (1934): This is a great way for kids to have fun and learn at the same time. Different samples can be admired and taken apart under a microscope. These are used in crime scene evidence analysis or even just for simple fun or in a learning environment such as a biology classroom or an at home classroom.

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I had a view master as a child and it was so fun. I had several different slides to replace in it. The originals came in red only and came packed with three slides. You just click the side and the pictures change. It's still a great toy for younger kids especially if you can yet your hands on several different slides.

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      cdghgnnm 3 years ago

      I like the sock monkey!!