Childhood toys

It’s interesting what parents save of their children’s things. My husband’s mom saved books; she was both an author and an editor of children’s books, so there are many interesting/rare/meaningful items in the collection that my daughter now enjoys.

My parents saved all of my (and my brother’s) Fisher-Price toys. There’s a wind-up television set that plays “Three Blind Mice,” has a rolling scene of drawn mice running across the front (think of a player piano’s roll), and has “Made in Japan” stamped on the back. (When did mass-produced American toys stop being made in Japan, anyway? At some point they moved to Taiwan, and thence to China, where most of them remain today.) And there are lots of Original Little People and their playsets (including the airport, the camper, the village, and parts of the farm).

pb275125fppeopleftf.jpgSylvia delights in playing with them when we visit. (The airplane has come home with us, but the rest of the toys remain at my parents’ house.) As we were planning our most recent trip out there, she was eager to play with “the people” again, especially “the woman in the purple dress” (which she hadn’t seen in over a year). It’s fascinating to see her childhood overlap with parts of mine.

3 Responses to “Childhood toys”

  1. Chrison 03 Mar 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Oh! We had the Action Garage and the Farm for sure. Too funny. Wish my mom hadn’t given them all away to our cousins.

  2. Frankon 04 Mar 2009 at 12:59 am

    I had the farm, and those farm animals brought back a lot of memories. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  3. Marshaon 04 Mar 2009 at 10:41 am

    Okay, so ‘fess up: how many of you put teeth marks on your Fisher-Price people?

    *raises hand*