Games of Yesterday

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The fifties, sixties and seventies were a memorable time period, and perhaps the most influential part of this time were the toys that everyone enjoyed.

The fifties, sixties and seventies were a memorable time period, and perhaps the most influential part of this time were the toys that everyone enjoyed. From Barbie to Roy Rodgers, these toys are going to be shown on June 13 at the History Colorado Center. It will show what it was like to be a child in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Deborah Radman, Shanon Voirol, and Alison Salutz showed the Youth Journalism group around the exhibit, giving them a sneak peek at the brand new exhibit.

 

In the fifties section of the exhibit, the main theme of toys in that decade was clearly the Wild West; cowboys and indians toys, fake guns, and rocking horses were shown in glass cases. There were big-eyed dolls and a thousand other things. Believe it or not, both the Magic Eight Ball and slinkys were invented in the fifties.

 

You might recognize some of these ones. Welcome to the sixties: We’ve got the Barbie Dream House, The Easy Bake Oven, Rock’em Sock’em, and so much more! Hasbros was jealous of Barbie’s fame, so they made G.I. Joes. More action figures came out: super heros, Best of the West, and more Barbies.

 

Take a look at the seventies Star Wars action figures, or the Atari, the only video game that existed; The seventies is where it all began! And ever played Hungry Hungry Hippos? The original was born in this decade. Some that you may have never even heard of these: Evel Kenievel, Tired and True, or any of the other amazing entertainments in the seventies section of the exhibit.

 

After interviewing the people who took us into the exhibit, I found that although there are probably more than one hundred toys in the room, there are many that weren’t there. Deborah Radman’s favorite family game was Operation, and Shanon Voirol’s was Parchessi. Miss Radman says ¨There wasn’t much concern for safety¨, even though many toys from the 1900s were considered dangerous. The group learned a lot from the exhibit and hopes that people will enjoy it.