Showing posts with label Toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toys. Show all posts

Saturday, May 4, 2024

"Unbreakable" Dolls from the 1917 John M Smyth Catalog

 These catalog pages are from 1917!  The dolls just a little more than a decade prior to this were mostly made of some kind of porcelain or glass.  They started making dolls with paper mache, but those just weren't that durable.  Once the process of composition came along in the early 1900's, most dolls were made from that material.  It's basically sawdust mixed with glue, put into a mold, and then covered with a thick paint or resin.  Because prior dolls were predominantly porcelain or paper mache and all had problems with breakage, these new composition dolls were called "UNBREAKABLE".  They could, of course, break; but they were much more durable and many still look nice today!

Friday, April 22, 2022

1982 Hot Wheel Service Center Ad

It seems like everyone had this toy in the 80s.  
All of my friends brothers had this folded up somewhere in their room or outside in the 
yard.  My memories of it look more like what it looks like folded up, than actually in


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