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Vintage Fisher Price Toys for Toddlers
Excellent Fisher Price Toys for Toddlers
Fisher-Price was founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher. Irving Price, Irvings' wife Margaret Evens Price and Helen Schelle. In the early years Fisher-Price toys were well-known for their intrinsic play value, strong construction, ingenuity, action and they were worth the money one had to pay for it. In the early 1950s plastic was introduced as a mean of incorporating bright colors on the toys which lasted longer. By the end of the year Fisher-Price manufactured 39 different toys incorporating plastics.
In the late 1960s Fisher-Price was sold to the Quaker Oat Company, but regained its independence again in 1991 and is since 1993 a wholly owned subsidiary of the giant Mattel concern. From then on they focused on manufacturing basic and preschool products to be expanded on the international market.
Parents today are still buying Fisher-Price toys for their infants and toddlers, because they are good learning toys, they're interactive, safe in use and still worth the money one has to pay for it.
Solid Wooden Toys - No Wonder People Collect the Vintage Fisher Price Toys
I don't know about you, but I'm getting rather nostalgic when I think back to my own and my kids’ youth, when we could play with those beautifully designed Fisher Price Toys. I don't remember much of mine (well it's over 60 years ago), but there's an image in my head of one of those toys you could pull. I probably would have had only one, because they were rather expensive and being born in the last year of WW2, there were other things on the minds of my mom and dad. It was all still wood and metal then.
When my own kids were born, around the early 1979s, Fisher Price toys were the best toys one could buy. They were safe (they still are), they were strong (they still are) and they became more colorful (they still are). Alas, due to circumstances (moved around a lot in those days) we didn't kept them and I still regret that.
Luckily others did keep them and now they are collector's items and they even opened a club as you can see at the caption under that beautiful photo above. Quite a revelation that Fisher Price Collector's Club webpage.
The Best Fisher Price Buzzy Bee Pulling Toy
Fisher Price's first toy using plastic
The Buzzy Bee was the first toy were Fisher Price used a combination of wood and plastic. The wood was covered with paper lithographs, showing a yellow bee with blue eyes, pink cheeks, and a black/orange/yello striped tail. Whoever made the designs, did a great job and was a great artist.
It was manufactured during the years 1950 - 1956 and was followed by the Queen Buzzy Bee.
The Buzzy Bee
Did You Play with Fisher Price Toys When You Were Little?
The Queen Buzzy Bee
The Queen Buzzy Bee Can Still Be Found on Ebay
The Buzzy Bee was manufactored from 1950 - 1956. The toy was retired for a few years, but returned as the Queen Buzzy Bee with a polytheline crown on her head. The Queen was manufactured in the mid-1980s.
The Queen Buzzy Bee toy would be the perfect gift for people who love to collect vintage toys. Isn't she just adorable with her little plastic crown?
There Is a Fisher Price Collectors Club
The FP Collectors Club
The Fisher Price Collectors Club was founded in 1993 by a woman named Jeanne and her reason was to connect the people who shared her love for the old Fisher Price Toys. Today the club has members all over the USA and Canada, chatting, writing, selling, buying who come together one day each year in the birth town of Fisher Price - East Aurora NY - to celebrate their collective hobby.
I personally think it's the well thought, beautiful simplicity of the toys that has made them timeless and so desirable for people of every age.
You can find this club at http://www.fpclub.org
Poll about buying toys
Would you rather buy Fisher Price Toys or other toys for your young kids?
I am just in love with those Animal Pulling Toys
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More Fisher Price Animal Pulling Toys - If I Had the Money, I Would Buy Them All
Vintage FP Toys Are Addictive
The passion of Fisher Price Toy Collectors
Once you buy your first Fisher Price Vintage Toy, you're hooked
Writing this article made me search the internet a lot to find the info I needed and I can so relate to those Fisher Price Toy Collectors. I searched our Dutch local biggest and most used online flee market named 'Marktplaats' and I made two bids on two animal pulling toys, because they were rather cheap. Then I thought, "Come on girl, you have enough hobbies as it is. Stop it, you can't take on one more" and then I went back and deleted my bids. A wise thing to do I guess, because I'm one that gets carried away with all those beautiful vintage toys very easily.
I don't even have enough room to store my collection of illustrated children's elementary schoolbooks, let alone a whole collection of vintage Fisher Price Animal Pulling Toys. Well, I never say never, so who knows.
© 2011 Titia Geertman