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Some of the simplest toys from the ’40s to ’70s were created totally by accident. Others were spinoffs of non-related products. Many of these have stood the test of time, however, proving that simpler can be better. Learn the history of your favorite vintage toys, and find out where they are today.

Skate Crate: A Retro Skateboard Re-imagined

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We came across this old-meets-new business startup, Skate Crate, and just had to share this with you. According to long-time skateboarding enthusiast and Skate Crate founder, Dave Bergthold, this attention grabbing ride-on takes its inspiration from the DIY skateboards kids once constructed from just a wooden fruit crate and a pair of roller-skates. Dating back

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Fisher-Price Reproduction Record Player

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From Fisher-Price’s Classic Retro Toy Series comes a 1971 reproduction music box. The appearance is very much the same, but this newly-made version follows current product standards. Included are five discs, which play a total of 10 songs,  including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Farmer in the Dell and London Bridge. Tots can still wind

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Wooly Willy: The Toy No One Wanted

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In the 1950s Smethport Specialty Company produced magnetic and metal toys, along with military components. Brothers Donald and James Herzog worked for the Pennsylvania company when, in 1955, James realized the dust from grinding magnets could be used as a drawing tool. Soon after he filed to patent the first Wooly Willy magnetic drawing kit.

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Unique Gifts: Magic Cymbal Monkey Toy

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This Magic Cymbal Monkey Toy is a remake of an old classic. Battery operated, he clangs his cymbals as he hops around and chirps. Many different cymbal monkeys have been made since the 1950s. The original – called the Musical Jolly Chimp – was made by Japanese company Daishin C.K. during the ’50s, ’60s and

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