Favorite Childhood Toys Part 3 – Vintage 1930s Toys

Welcome to Part 3 of Favorite Childhood Toys. If you’d like to catch up, you can go here for Part 1 (Rebel on a Pink Scooter) and here for Part 2, Chatty Kathy, Millennium Falcon, and Derringer Belt Buckle.

As I explained in Part 1, in 2009 I made an altered art book as a Christmas gift for my folks. Inside one of the pockets of the book was a list of each family member’s favorite childhood toy. That’s what this series is about.

Lynn Kelley, Favorite Toys Part 3

Mom and Dad 1952

Part 3 will cover a few vintage toys from the 1930s and 1940s.

Lynn Kelley, Favorite Childhood Toys Part 3

My father when he was a boy.

Gordon F. – Born 1933: “My tricycle. I rode it all around the living room and dining room. I must have been three when I got it and I had so much fun.”

Marilyn Born 1935: “When I was five years old I got a scooter for Christmas, which I found early (hidden in the fruit cellar). When I was older, my roller skates and two-wheel bike were my favorites.”

Lynn Kelley, Favorite Childhood Toys Part 3

Mom when she was a girl.

I had a hard time finding a vintage scooter from the 1930s, but there are two in this retro film:

Below is a video about vintage roller skates. It’s interesting when he mentions that the first skateboards were homemade by using skates like these for the wheels to the boards:

“When you stop believing in Santa, you get underwear.” ~Anonymous

More vintage toys from the 1930s:

Some of the toys in the video below are still popular today. Can you guess what they are?

What do you think about vintage toys? Do you think kids had it better back in the old days? If you could choose any era to live out your childhood, which one would you pick?

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4 Responses to Favorite Childhood Toys Part 3 – Vintage 1930s Toys

  1. Patricia says:

    Well one of my favorite “vintage” toys was my super ball and jacks. I loved that little bag of spiked jacks. I played for hours on the kitchen floor or the garage floor. I think I still have them somewhere in my box of old things.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane. You look a lot like your dad.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Oh, yes, I had a super ball, too. So much fun! And jacks were one of my favorite games, too. I remember playing them at my grandmother’s, also in the kitchen. I played jacks for hours at a time, too. How cool that you might still have your childhood bag with jacks. If you find them, I hope you’ll write a blog post about them. I’d love to read that. Thanks for visiting, Patricia!

  2. Marjorie Flathers says:

    Hi Lynn—-In between the holiday rush, I’ve enjoyed your posts about childhood toys (a real trip down memory lane!) I was born in 1938 (yikes!) and my favorite all-time toys were my dolls and paper dolls, especially the Elizabeth Taylor paper dolls, which coincided with her FIRST marriage and included the beautiful gown she wore. I wanted to BE that bride! But the toy I never had but wanted so very much, when I was about 10, was the Sparkle Plenty doll. Gals my age will remember it was taken from the Dick Tracy comic strip, and Sparkle had long, wavy blond hair, one of the first tie-ins of toys with popular comics, etc (before TV.) But the price was around $10 or $12, and with a “regular” doll selling for around $1.98 at Woolworth’s, it was way beyond my parents’ Christmas spending. A little girl down the street got one, though, and I SO longed for one, too. Flash forward about 18 years, and I gave birth to my youngest, Gail, who had (and still has) very blond hair (the only blond in the family), and it just grew and grew and grew, until it fell in pretty curls down her back!
    My very own Sparkle Plenty!

    • Hello Marge! Wow, I love all the memories of your childhood toys. You remember all the details and even the prices! Amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit and especially how you got a real life Sparkle Plenty, only more precious than you ever could have imagined. Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories!

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