great holiday gifts from 'back in the day'
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Barbie Dolls™, Board Games & Matchbox™ Cars
It is so joyful to watch children open their holiday gifts. Join me as I go down memory lane as I remember Christmas Gifts from the 60s and 70s which were some of the best ‘toys and games’ I got when growing up.
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I’m sorry guys, but I just have to start off my blog with my most fondest memory of the one and only ‘Barbie™’ and all her friends. I would literally spend hours playing ‘house’ with Barbie™ either by myself or with my sister Andrea. Many times I would also get invited at a ‘sleepover’ with one of my grade school
friends. Which, by the way, it was nice having several girlfriends, the more, the better. Usually someone would have the ‘Ken’ doll who we pretended was Barbie™’s husband. And of course, we can’t forget Barbie™’s friend ‘Midge’ and her daughter ‘Skipper’! Unlike today, back in the 60s, you were in Barbie™ heaven if you owned more than 2 dolls at a time! And who can forget all the wonderful Barbie™ homemade clothes sewed by hand by our grandmas, moms and Aunts!
My brothers loved their Matchbox Cars!
Matchbox™ cars were the bomb back in the day! I would be totally amiss if I left out my brothers in all this fun! Make no mistake, they also loved their tiny green
toy soldiers and the fierce GI Joe™, but every boy had to have their own collection of Matchbox™ cars. Many a time, they would trade them with their friends like baseball cards! And who can forget the custom plastic racetrack! It had dare devil curves galore.
For the Travel Enthusiast!
Image from 1970 Montgomery Ward™ Catalog
For us adventurous types, who didn’t have their very own ‘View Master™’ at one point in time! Hey, this was the 70s version of ‘You Tube’ don’t you know! Speaking of which, who remembers having a kaleidoscope? Why today everyone has a smart phone and they’re like a fancy dancy DSL camera built in!
Oh what I would give to hear that familiar ‘click, click, click’ as the pictures rolled around the disk and you could see every angle of Yellowstone National Park or other ‘bucket list destination’!
Top 7 Popular Games From the '70s
Twister by Milton Bradley™
1. Come on everyone! Fess up! Who can remember playing this wild and crazy game of Twister! It was the ‘go to’ game for all birthday parties I went to!
2. I’m sure my fellow babyboomers will recognize this game! Up to six players could play with different colored marbles to ‘jump’. While we did enjoy our standard checkers, who didn’t love playing Chinese Checkers back in the day?!
Chinese Game with Marbles
Every Young Kid's Delight!
Game by Hasbro™
3. Okay now, who is going to own up to having ‘Candy Land’ in their household? I would say that this game, Candy Land, is probably the first game a child plays as a 4-5 year old! Did you?!? I know I did and had fun, fun, fun playing with my younger sisters (and maybe a brother or two)!
4. Now when you got to be a little older, say in your pre-teens, and you thought you were soooooo mature, you probably were playing ‘The Game of Life’. Boy, do I wish it was that easy trying to figure out a career out of high school! Just think, we could just spin the wheel and our success would be revealed!
This was the 'Mature' Game
Milton Bradley's™ Game of Life
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
5. A photo is worth a thousand words in this case! There is no doubt that if you had brothers, this game was front and center on your kitchen table! I don’t know about your home, but with 4 brothers, let me tell you, this game didn’t have a chance of surviving! Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em was in pieces after a few rounds!
6. While this is definitely a timeless game, it is known to have become popular and trending beginning in the 70s. But… did you know that the history of Scrabble dates all the way back to 1938, when an architect by the name of Alfred Mosher Butts came up with a variation on an existing game called Lexiko.
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How Many Times Did You Use the 'Get OUt of Jail' Card?!?
By Parker Brothers™
7. Monopoly. Need I say anything further. It is the ‘king’ of all board games! Do you remember which game token was your favorite? Mine had to be the shoe!
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Etch a Sketch™
70s model made by Ohio Art Company™
Magic 8 Ball™
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I couldn’t leave out these other three. Slinky™ was great, but I believe today they make them a lot more maintenance-free. Whenever us Jarboe kids would play with it, it always got stretched out for one reason or another!
Etch A Sketch™ was either a great piece of art or a sketch of just frustrated scribbles! lol… But hey, I would be willing to bet ya, that those of you who were ‘good’ at Etch A Sketch™. you are probably no doubt a ‘gamer’ in today’s world! Why you ask? Because of their quick reflexes and precision moves they mastered in their youth.
I wasn’t going to include the Magic 8 Ball™ but I did. The problem I had with this, is that I never got a good fortune, ever! Did you?
And Last But Not Least...
Manufactured in the 70s by Magic Cube™
The Rubik’s Cube™ has been tantalising and enchanting people for over 40 years. It was created in 1974 and is the world’s best-selling toy ever!
Believe it or not, but I still have a Rubik’s Cube™ and yes, I STILL have not figured out how to put all the same colors on any one side. Have you?!? lol…
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