Category Archives: Toys from 1950s

Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented during the second world war by Chemists who were concerned about the rubber supply began researching synthetic replacements. They stuck upon a stretchable, solid liquid material sure it was of no use at all in the war effort… but it was sold as a novelty toy inside plastic eggs. They benefited from a report in the New Yorker and as a result an order for 250,000 was asked for!

The silicone polymers used allow it to bounce and be manipulated but if you were to strike it with a hammer it will break. Its liquid silicone internal makes it act as a liquid over a long time and if you left it long enough it would form a puddle, it is a solid over a short term. continue reading>>

Classic Slinky Toy still made in the USA

Original Slinky

Slinky is another favourite with kids of many generations, simply falling or slinking down the stairs still keeps the kids entertained, for a while at least just dont get it it tangled up. Just place it at the top of the stairs and then move one end partly down to the next step and watch it move down with that memorable swoosh noise.

The Slinky began in 1945 as part of an antivibration device by Richard James an American naval engineer. He thought the spring might be useful as a toy because of its comical walking behaviour. During his work one of the springs fell to the floor and seemed to ‘walk’. continue reading>>

Etch a Sketch Toy

Etch A Sketch

The classic drawing board which works by turning the buttons one way or another. Shake the board upside down to erase your picture and start again! The Etch A Sketch is a classic and has been a memory for countless generations.

The traditional color is red and helps make it very memorable amongst most children, however many colors and branding and decals are available in addition to the classic red.

Etch a Sketch Toy

André Cassagnes invented Etch A Sketch by accident in the 1950s the idea for the toy which was a pencil-free pad comprising of aluminium power that could be drawn on, and then easily cleared and reused. He was an electrical technician and noticed when he peeled a clear decal from a light switch his pencil marks were transferred to the opposite face. continue reading>>