Toys and Games


UNCLE SAM’S missile arsenal is contained in this plastic kit made by Monogram Models, Inc., of Chicago. The display boasts 31 molded plastic missile models, covering the full range of current U.S. armament. The 3/32-in. scale models are all clearly labeled and you get a 32-page Know Your Missiles booklet with $2.98 kit.

You Can Have Lots of Fun Making These New Toys (Oct, 1939)

You Can Have Lots of Fun Making These New Toys

HOW many toys are you going to make for Christmas this year? A lot of them, we hope, because no home workshop activity gives greater satisfaction and pleasure. There is something imaginative and colorful about toys that sets them apart from ordinary shop projects. Then, too, there is the added joy of being able to give each toy to some child and share in his happiness.

An Airplane Swing for Air-minded Youths (Sep, 1930)

An Airplane Swing for Air-minded Youths

Swinging back and forth in this miniature plane, youngsters can duplicate in imagination all the feats of world famous aviators—all with absolute safety, of course. The swing is easy to build and will make a very fine addition to any playground.

Sand Castles Made in Fancy Molds (Mar, 1922)

Sand Castles Made in Fancy Molds

KIDDIES on the seashore may make ornate and highly decorated sand castles by the use of a newly devised mold made from stamped tin, and constructed in four hinged sections.

It is locked together, and one corner held tightly while damp sand is packed in firmly from the top. Then the catch is undone, the mold is removed, and there stands a castle that will be the envy of the beach.

Voting Machine for Young Citizens (Oct, 1952)

Voting Machine for Young Citizens

YOU can teach your children to be good citizens with this voting machine scaled down to neighborhood size. Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs, youth organizations or junior groups can run a mock election to prepare for adult citizenship—and the clubs can use the machine for real elections of their own officers and leaders.

Marble Chessmen (Aug, 1951)

Marble Chessmen

After two thousand years modern design is applied to the old game of chess.

CHESS, going back into ancient history, got its present name from the Persian word, Shah, meaning King.

Its origin has been ascribed to the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Scythians, Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, Hindus, Arabians, Irish, Welsh and the Castilians, and it is mentioned in history as far back as 200 B.C.

OK Skinnay! Lookut Our Rolley Coaster (Oct, 1921)

Oh Skinnay! (The Days of Real Sport)” was a 1913 graphic novel about a child’s antics. Current uses of the word “Skinnay” are distinctly less savory.

OK Skinnay! Lookut Our Rolley Coaster

IT’S a far cry from the Bronx to Coney Island. Besides, Coney Island costs money. The children in the neighborhood of Crotona Park, New York City, therefore, have made a scenic railway all their own. It is better, they think, than all the Coney Island rides put together, and they have had the fun of making it as well as riding on it.


I wish I could have gone to the Gilbert Hall of Science when it was still there. The Eli Whitney Museum has a large collection of A.C. Gilbert material called The Gilbert Project if you’re interested.


They Whistle!

They’re All-Electric!

They ‘Buzz’ with Action!

HELLO BOYS! Look at all the fun and action you get with my new Erectors

make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND (May, 1950)

Glim was a brand of dish washing soap

make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND

WITH a startling new formula worked out particularly for MI readers, you can produce rainbow-colored bubbles that last longer and are more brilliant than the old-fashioned kind made with a soap base. In addition to the natural rainbow coloring, it is practical to add luminous powder to the new formula so that the bubbles will glow when produced in the dark.

Small Fry’s Play Stools (May, 1950)

Small Fry’s Play Stools

PLAY stools will keep children off drafty floors and are practical additions to any nursery. Here are two novel, colorful and sturdy units anyone can build.

The main parts must first be enlarged by laying out the contours on paper which has been ruled into 1 in. squares. The drawings are then transferred to wood 3/4 in. thick and the pieces cut out with a jigsaw.