Collection Highlight

Collection Highlight: Toys From the 1940s and 50s

Difference in Toys from Now and Then 


It’s summer time, and that means local kids are out playing and enjoying almost three months off from school.    Children today are probably not so different from kids that lived here over 60 years ago – with one exception.  The toys children played with in the 1940s and 50s were vastly different than what kids have today.  The Museum’s collection has many toys enjoyed by local children during the early 20th century. 


These are just a few examples.

 Toy 1940sand50s


Do you notice the difference between these toys and the ones children play with today?  First, they are made from different materials than modern day toys.  The first two are fairly simple to operate.  One can tell at a glance how they are supposed to work.  Finally, and this is perhaps the biggest difference – they have no electronics, no need for artificial power and no blinking lights or sounds.  One wonders what the kids of the early 20th century would think of the toys that are on the market today.