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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.

Classic Toys: Lincoln Logs

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The History of Lincoln Logs Building Sets John Lloyd Wright of Illinois introduced Lincoln Logs to the marketplace in the mid-1920s. His inspiration for the new toy had come from witnessing the construction of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The hotel was constructed to be earthquake-proof and used interlocking timbers for the foundation. It had

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Classic Toys: The Big Wheel

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America’s Favorite Ride-On Toy The Big Wheel was first released in 1969 by Louis Marx & Co., an American toymaker that began manufacturing mechanical tin toys in 1919. The earliest ride-on toys had been made of metal and were powered by the child kicking their feet. Popular early designs included locomotives, cars and fire engines.

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Classic Toys: The Slinky

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Simple, Fun and Timeless Invented by Richard James, a US Navy engineer, the loveable Slinky toy has been entertaining us since 1945. In 1943, Richard was employed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyard in Philadelphia when he was working with metal springs while trying to find a way to hold delicate instruments steady onboard

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Revell Muscle Car Models

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When I was a kid I always found it fun to make models. I leaned toward planes and ships, but I did build car models occasionally. Back then they were a lot of work. You would need an Exacto knife, glue and paint. And those water-release decals just never seemed to work out. Of course,

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Mr. Bill: Pop Culture Icon of the 1970s

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Oh noooooooo! Mr. Bill! Anyone who was a fan of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s would recognize this as a line from Mr. Bill, one of the most famous television personalities of all time. In fact, Mr. Bill has become a pop culture icon, still seen today in TV shows, films and commercials. Mr.

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