By the Decade: Toys From the 1950's

2011-12-02 3

In this new edition of the ‘By the Decade’ series, we’ll be looking back at some of the toys that we loved as children. Here are 5 toys from the 1950’s.

Every Christmas, kids from all over the world are always excited to see what they’ll be getting for Christmas. The anticipation on their faces while unwrapping their presents is priceless. Let’s take a look at some of the toys that came out in the 1950’s.

Barbie
Barbie was first introduced in 1959 by the toy company, Mattel, Inc. A businesswoman named Ruth Handler was the one responsible for creating the Barbie doll. She was inspired by another doll from Germany called Bild Lilli. The Barbie doll is named after Ruth Handler’s own daughter named Barbara.

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Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head is a plastic potato toy that has removable plastic body parts. It was released by the toy company Hasbro in 1952. With the success of this plastic potato toy, new toys were released such as a Mrs. Potato Head, a car and a boat. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head is also famous for being 2 of the characters in the animated feature Toy Story.

Lego
Lego was invented by a carpenter in Denmark. The name of his company, Lego, is taken from the phrase leg godt, meaning ‘play well’. At first, Lego produced toys made out of wood. In the 1940’s they started manufacturing plastic toys or ‘binding bricks’ as they called them. The Lego bricks that we now see in toy stores today was patented in 1958. Until today, Lego sets are still one of the most popular toys for children.

Silly Putty
Silly Putty is the result of an experiment to produce a synthetic rubber compound during World War II. An engineer combined boric acid and silicone oil in order to produce a substance — the result was a substance that can bounce off of surfaces. There was no known practical use for the new invention until it caught the attention of a toy store owner. The first Silly Putty was introduced to the public in 1950. Back then, Silly Putty was sold for $1.00.

Hula Hoop
Although the Hula Hoop has been present for a long time, it wasn’t used as a toy until 1958 when the toy company Wham-O produced plastic hoops and sold them as toys. These hoops differ in diameter to accommodate the bodies of both children and adults. Until today, Hula Hoops still bring to joy to children and adults alike.

These are some of the toys that came out in the 1950’s. What other toys do you remember from that decade? Tell us with a comment below!

The information for this article was taken from Silly Putty and Santa Mail.

written by jeanmendoza on 2011-12-02 #videos #by-the-decade #lifestyle #toys #by-the-decade-toys #christmas-2011 #vintage

3 Comments

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Matchbox cars...1953

  2. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    @neanderthalis Matchbox cars were the best!

  3. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    I remember many of these commercials. And I owned a Mister Potato Head. For some reason (price?) my parents would never buy me Legos. Why my father wouldn't let me have a G.I. Joe is another story.

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