100 Years of Toys



Christmas Hats in the 40s at the Victoria Public School in Carleton Place from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

This morning I saw a short video about a 100 years of toys, and if you want to see how a local merchant promoted their toys at Christmas you can read my short story called Carleton Place 1940’s —- The Popularity Contest


Picture of one of the actual prizes from Okiliman’s in Carleton Place  now located at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. See it in the Eaton’s Christmas Catalogue room display December 6th- until January 11th.


For me the 60’s had the best toys. Even though I was barely a teen, it was Barbie and all her clothing that mesmerized my fashion designer mind. For the boys I am sure it was: Mattel Vac-u-form, Mattel Varoom, Ideal Supercity, Revell Slot Cars and Cox gas airplanes and spy toys were big.

I am actually offended that the Tamagotchi wasn’t included in the 90s toys as I was responsible for it  many times when the kids would not look after it.:) Where was the Furbies? My Little Pony? G.I. Joe?

Today video games have taken over and kids have very little creativity. Actually, they should of had the Hoverboard burst into flames at the end.:)


So enjoy this video and remember.



About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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