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Top Toys of The 1950s

Updated on March 13, 2016

50s Toys Throwbacks

The Barbie came out in the 1950s and if you can find any of them in excellent condition they are worthy aloft of money.
The Barbie came out in the 1950s and if you can find any of them in excellent condition they are worthy aloft of money. | Source
Red Ryder BB Guns are very popular among males and have withstood the test of time.  They went from single shot to multiple pump BB Guns and rifles.
Red Ryder BB Guns are very popular among males and have withstood the test of time. They went from single shot to multiple pump BB Guns and rifles. | Source
The Pogo Stick is one of the best selling and most popular toys to come out in the 1950s.
The Pogo Stick is one of the best selling and most popular toys to come out in the 1950s. | Source
Play Doh is colored putty that can be molded into different shapes. It comes in different colors and in different amounts.
Play Doh is colored putty that can be molded into different shapes. It comes in different colors and in different amounts. | Source
Yahtzee came out to the public in the 1950s and has been popular among kids and adults for over fifty years.
Yahtzee came out to the public in the 1950s and has been popular among kids and adults for over fifty years. | Source
Checkers has been around in different forms for over hundred years but standardized Checkers with rules hit the market in 1951.
Checkers has been around in different forms for over hundred years but standardized Checkers with rules hit the market in 1951. | Source

Terrific Toys From Yesteryear

I hope that this brings back good memories of your and your family whether it is how it is now or when we were growing up, we tend to play at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve. If you don't have a family night, or family traditions during the holidays, you might want to consider this time with your family as a new tradition. You could also play at everyone's birthdays.

1. Barbie (1959): This is the doll that every girl wanted to be like. She has the Barbie Mansion, 1957 Chevy and all the clothes that a girl could want. This made every young girl want to be like her. I remember playing with my Barbies as a young girl. I liked to imagine that Ken is my boyfriend and that I am Barbie. In my imagination we would go on the nicest trips and had plenty of money. If only it was for real.

2. Checkers (1951): This is a two player board game and the goal is to jump the other player's pieces. Once the other player has no more pieces, you have won the game. There are different rule variations but, the object is to have all your men crowned as kings. This is one of my all time favorite board games.

3. BB Gun (1950): The BB Gun is a great way for a child to learn to shoot a rifle in a safe way. A BB Gun shoots small, round, copper balls called BB's. BB's are fired through the barrel with air pumped pressure. The first BB Guns were single pump but now they have Multi pump and Multi shot BB guns.

4. Play-Doh (1955): Play-Doh is known by it's distinct smell. Play-Doh usually comes in a pack of four colors. This is a great object or toy to keep children busy for a while.. The Play-Doh can be molded into different shapes and bent into different and objects. The different colors of the Play-Doh allow for hours of fun.

5. Hoola-Hoop (1952): My mom is the one who taught my how to Hoola-Hoop. She had the Hoola-Hoop that she owned as a child. It was still in great shape. It is a harder plastic than the Hoola-Hoops that are manufactured these days. It made my mom smile when she was teaching us how to use the Hoola-Hoop.

6. Mr. Potato Head (1952) This is a plastic potato that you decorate. Your toy has eyes, hands, nose and a mouth that you must attach. This is the first toy to ever have a televised commercial on television. I had a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head when I was a child in the early 80's. I kept the parts in the box after I played with it.

7. Pogo Stick (1957): This spring loaded device allows you to jump up and down. You steer this toy by leaning towards the direction that you want to. This toy has been in production for over 50 years and counting. Personally, I have never owned a pogo stick but, one of my friends had one and it was very fun to play with. You gotta learn how to use it first in order to stay safe and keep from getting hurt.

8. Yo-Yo (1952): The yo-yo has a length of twine that is wrapped around an axle that has two disks hooked to it (like a spool). When this toy came out, it was for kids but, it has evolved to where adults play and there are yearly championships based on freestyle yo-yo play. I was never good with a yo-yo so, I am amazed at someone who is talented with this toy.

9. Yahtzee (1954): A dice board game that can be played with between one and four players and features thirteen rounds of game play. To score a yahtzee, you must roll five of a kind with the dice. This is great for families to play together for family game night.

10. Raggedy Ann Dolls (1951): I had a life size Raggedy Ann Doll that either my mom or my grandmother made for me. The doll started out as a story in a book and has red yarn for hair. When Raggedy Ann Dolls were originally made, they were made by hand. Years later Raggedy Andy was introduced and he wore a sailor suit and a hat. He has the same eyes and smile that she does.

* Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions on these toys in the comments box located at the bottom of the page.

Hoola Hoop

Hoola Hoops were released in the 1950s and they are still extremely popular today.  Great fun and an even better exercise.
Hoola Hoops were released in the 1950s and they are still extremely popular today. Great fun and an even better exercise. | Source

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      ah, a trip down memory lane. Born in the late 50's I had some of these toys but was never given a Barbie - we lived in the UK and they were very expensive and my Dad thought unsuitable. I did get a teeny tiny tears though and she was fun.