Blog Archives

Toys From the 1950's

Monday, 13 June 2016  |  Admin

We have enjoyed a wonderful weekend as the Royal family have taken part in the events celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.

There has been a lot of talk about the changes that have taken place during the Queen’s reign.  Old family home movies have highlighted the types of toys the royal children played with or that were popular during the 50’s and 60’s.  Certainly the toys would not have been that different from those that the average family would have enjoyed playing with – apart from the odd pint size pony or motor car.

There is a huge difference between then and now in what children play with.  This was a time when the telephone was a comparative new invention for many. No computers (the microchip hadn’t been invented), few house phones in fact lots had to have a party line, a line that was shared with a neighbour, let alone smart phones, no digital cameras – film was still in black and white, not to mention  the fact that colour TVs weren’t available until long after 1953 the year of the Queen’s Coronation. 

But it is still comforting to know that some traditional toys have not only stood the test of time with the odd makeover but are actively still selling well.  It is comforting for parents and grandparents to see their children gaining the same sort of pleasure as they did from a favourite toy and it stirs happy memories for them too.

Above, the Hoolahoop, Lego as it was then, good old Mr Potato Head and of course, Muffin the Mule who was a favourite character in the 1950's on British television.



Cut out dolls, Play-Doh, a spinning top and the Slinky, variations of these are still loved and still available today.  

How much simpler life was then, in the years immediately after the war.  Gone are the days when you could spend long summer days roaming with friends, leaving home after breakfast with the words 'make sure you are home for tea' ringing in your ears and an apple in your pocket.  Many see the 1950's through rose coloured glasses but listening to the older generation talk about their childhood memories, life seemed to be more straightforward and people had more time then even if money was in short supply.

The wonderful poem by William Henry Davies - "What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare".  We are all so busy with life now bringing up our children, working hard to make a lovely home for them and worrying about exam results, should we make ourselves 'stand and stare' before it's too late and they are all grown up and have left home?  Perhaps the older generation did enjoy the last of the truly carefree days as children .