Toys of the Time: At the History Colorado Center

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Before 1955 there were no kid-based advertisements. This kind of information can be found at the History Colorado Center in the new Toys exhibit.

Before 1955 there were no kid-based advertisements. This kind of information can be found at the History Colorado Center in the new Toys exhibit. A lot of the well-known toys we’ve seen today was actually made earlier than most people think. These toys include Chatty Cathy, Cootie, Tonka, Slinkies, and the Magic Eight Ball that were created in the 1950’s. Other toys like Mouse Trap, the Easy Bake Oven, and Barbie were made in the 1960’s. The Lincoln Logs were also made in the 60’s, invented by architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s son. GI Joe was another toy but it wasn’t selling for a while during the Vietnam War because of the somber time and became popular again. Little People, Evel Knievel, Mr. Potato head, Hoola Hoops, Simon, Nerf Balls, and Star Wars were made in the 1970’s. The company Mattel was the first company to make adds directly made toward children. It invented toys like Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Mickey Mouse.

Alison Salutz as the Educational Director there has been here since February 2011. She says, “I was interested in the toy exhibit because I got to see it in Minnesota before so I had a lot of time to create programs for our visitors.” She has done her job for the toy exhibit by coming up with ways to make it more interesting instead of glass boxes filling up the entire room. You can really tell the difference between the original exhibit in the Minnesota History Center. Shannon Voirol the Senior Exhibit Developer who perfectly summarises the purpose of this exhibit, “ It is an interesting way to connect people’s personal childhood to what is happening nationally.” All in all, come see the new show of the Toys exhibit starting on Saturday, June 19th