Vintage 50s and 60s toys

If you were a child in the 50s or 60s, you will most definitely remember these vintage toys!

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by Ellen Kinsey |

Do you remember all the 50s and 60s toys you used to play with? We are here to jog your memory.

The 1950s has an expansive assortment of collectable toys and games; and marked the start of the world-renowned mannequin doll, Barbie.

Following on, the 1960s were a golden age of toys and entertainment. Toys such as Twister, Operation and kitchen sets are still popular gifts that children receive to this day.

Take a trip down memory lane and follow this list to reminisce about 50s and 60s toys and where you can purchase them now! Which ones were your favourites?

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50s and 60s toys - 1950s

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Play-Doh

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Kicking off our list of 50s and 60s toys is Play-Doh from the 1950s. This moldable putty is an iconic toy that can create figures from your imagination! It remains a popular brand to this day.

Hula Hoop

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This lightweight plastic hoop was all the rage in the 50s! This simple toy has kept kids entertained through the millennium.

Magic 8 Ball

Magic 8 Ball

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This retro fortune-telling ball holds the to answer your burning questions. Ask the Magic 8 Ball a question and shake to see the answer appear!

Slinky

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This famous spring toy can jiggle around, walk down the stairs or can be used to perform tricks!

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Dollhouse

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Dollhouses were extremely popular 50s and 60s toys for little girls. Here, you can buy a vintage dollhouse.

Matchbox cars

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These Matchbox Cars are collectables to this day! Before Hot Wheels became popular in the 60s these were all the rage. Originating from the UK in 1953, these toys soon became popular for children in North America as well.

Barbie

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The first Barbie Doll was released in New York in 1959 and remains to be the most iconic doll in history. People were the first sceptical about Barbie due to her having a mature figure and stylish clothes. She was unlike any other doll for toddlers and children during the time.

Mr Potato Head

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Known by kids nowadays as the character from Toy Story, Mr Potato Head was a popular toy for children in the 50s. Now the toys are created with a plastic potato body and interchangeable features, arms and legs. Back then you had to use a real potato or legume and add the body parts!

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60s toys

Troll Doll

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Troll Dolls are an iconic toy known for their bright upright hairstyles. They were originally called Leprechauns, but the name Trolls caught on and became the official name.

Casper the Friendly Ghost Classics

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Casper the friendly ghost was an animated TV show that ran through the mid-60s and remains iconic to this day. You can get this classic set of books on your kindle.

Chatty Cathy

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Chatty Cathy was a popular doll from the 50s! She was preinstalled with eleven sayings and was every girl's best friend.

Mouse Trap Board Game

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First released in 1963 this multiplayer game was one of the first mass-produced 3D board games. The players must cooperate in this game to build a working Rube Goldberg-like mouse trap.

Sooty Hand Puppet

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Sooty is a British television show from the late 1950s. The series involved sketches involving the adventures of the mischievous glove puppet Sooty and their handler. Harry Corbett presented the program until retiring in 1975.

Tin Toy Space Robot

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Tin Toy Space Robot

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Toys inspired by the race for space from the 1950s to 1960s were very popular. These children toys from amazon are inspired by science-fiction from the 60s.

Chatter Telephone

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The Chatter Telephone by Fisher-Price was a pull-toy for toddlers and works like a dial-up telephone. From when it was made in 1962 through to the 1970s, the Chatter Telephone was Fisher-Price's most popular product.

Easy-Bake Oven

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Miniature kitchen toys were very popular for little girls during the 60s. The easy-bake oven teaches children how to bake from a young age.

Barbie's Dream House

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Dolls were all the rage in the 60s and of course, they needed somewhere to play. Barbie dream houses were created in all forms and continued to be created for the modern-day Barbie.

Mickey Mouse Toy

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It doesn't get much more iconic than Disney's Mickey Mouse! Disney is deep-rooted in many childhood memories. Every child from each generation has likely possessed a Disney toy at some stage!

Windup Toy Cars

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Wind up these toys and watch them speed away! They came in all sorts of forms, from trucks and toy cars to little critters. These 50s and 60s toys were loved by boys and girls.

Twister

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A party favourite for children and adults! Players need to twist and turn around the game and stay on all limbs! This game will have you in knots of laughter!

Operation

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This game of nerve remains a classic! You can play solo or with friends to remove Cavity Sam's ailments with tweezers!

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