November 15th, 2013
Are toys a thing of the past? I mean, it’s obvious kids still play with toys but most of today’s offerings need batteries, or some form of power to entice a kids to play with them. What happened to letting a kid’s imagination guide the play? When my own kids were toddlers, the big thing was “pull-along” toys, but oddly enough, a number of the toys available were made by the same manufacturer and were the exact same design as those I played with as a kid. During those early years with my kids there came a newer type of toy that was powered by air. My kids had a frog, and a kangaroo. You squeezed the attached air bulb and it would hop forward and make a sound associated with the animal. My daughter got these on her first birthday (1977). Back then most of the toys required the child to participate. It wasn’t a matter of clicking a button and turning it on. Sure, kids still learn with today’s toys but so many of the toys are related more to technology than to play that you have to wonder whether or not kids are missing out on ordinary, child-like play. I’ve noticed in recent years when buying things for my grandchildren that there is a swing back towards older style toys, with less emphasis on battery/electric power and more on child interaction and imagination – this is a good thing I think.
In my household we still have old toys – some anyways. We don’t have kids here anymore but my husband collects a variety of old and newer toys. He’s very much into the vintage car/truck collectibles (so eventually there will be a lot more on this page), and some old savings-banks but he is also known to scoop up collectibles from fast-food places when my grandkids were ready to toss them out. I don’t mind him collecting some things but for a while, it got out of hand. Now, we’re sorting through them and keeping the ones he really wants and donating the ones he isn’t that interested in. He doesn’t collect so much with an eye towards it’s future value but whether or not he just likes it, or it invokes some memory for him. One other collection he has isn’t really toys, but when he was young, they were considered “toys” in a way – for boys at least. He has some hockey cards from the 1960s that are carefully stored in hard-plastic archival cases.
Myself, I don’t collect a lot in the way of toys, although for a while (mid 70s to 80s) I did collect teddy bears. Since then, most have been sold or gifted to others and I’ve kept a minimum collection (maybe a dozen at most) of the ones I loved the most. In that collection are two LambChop puppets even though they aren’t bears (of Sherry Lewis fame), and those are only because that was one of my favourite shows growing up in the 50s. Added to my toy collection is one single porcelain doll. Right now, I’m sorry I only have one because I have two granddaughters, and two nieces, three great-nieces, and I’m at a loss at what to do with it (eventually).
There isn’t a lot in this category for the .png files right now, but it will grow as I continue going through the big plastic totes in the storage unit.