Baby Boomers Had The Darndest Toys

Posted on August 20th, 2012 in 1950s,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg



“I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.” ~ Rodney Dangerfield

Early baby boomer toys were low-tech: nothing we would call “electronic,” no complicated mechanisms, and simple dynamics. Just a little action could provide hours of joy. Ever own one of these nifty “robots?”


Watch the exciting television commercial. Click→ MACHINE


Here’s a toy I’m sure was a hit with boys, but it makes you wonder, couldn’t they just call it a cap rocket?


So-called “living” toys became a 1950s pop culture fad. The most famous was the Ant Farm. Remember the teacup chihuahua advertised on the back of comic books? Yes, the little darling was sent through the mail. Or how about a tiny squirrel monkey to play with? It wasn’t cheap, but “live delivery guaranteed.”


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