Toys and Games
Auto Barber Chair Calms Child (Feb, 1930)

Auto Barber Chair Calms Child

THE novel automobile barber chair pictured below is the latest device for keeping children quiet while having their hair trimmed or dressed. This new chair was introduced at the Hairdressing Fair of Fashion at White City in London recently. The model car is rather complete in equipment for the amusement of the child customer. The brake at the right side is used by the barber to lower or raise the chair.

CLATTER GUN (Dec, 1955)


There’s fun galore in store for the boy who has this realistic sounding Thompson machine gun. By Orlando Guerra AT practically no cost and in a very small amount of time you can convert a mailing tube into a marvelously noisy clatter gun. Most kids will love it.

A three-inch-diameter tube is best for the purpose, and it should be cut to a 14-in. length. The gun stock is cut from one-inch pine according to the pattern shown, then the tube is glued and screwed to it.

Gets 90 Miles on Gallon of Gas (Jul, 1929)

Gets 90 Miles on Gallon of Gas

THIS youngster, shown in the photo below, is the envy of all the children in her neighborhood. Her ‘”private car” run? from its own power and is easily operated. It was built by her father and is capable of going 30 miles an hour. She gets about 90 miles on a gallon of gas.

“SLINKY” SPRINGS to FAME (Sep, 1946)


Given an initial shove, “Slinky” eerily and deliberately flip-flops end over end down a flight of steps. It is simply a spring, but it does stunts that made R. P. James, Philadelphia engineer, think of converting it into a toy.

The flat-coiled strip of Swedish blue steel assumes shapes in almost unending patterns. Mr. James got his toy idea when he saw the spring roll off a workbench and do funny antics on the floor.


This is pretty great idea.


Strips of flexible track, just introduced for model-railroad use, can be twisted and turned in almost any direction to make loops, bridges, sharp curves, or steep grades. Made of small, interlocking rail segments held together with coiled wire, the metal track has realistic wood ties and can be rolled up for storage. The new O-gauge equipment, manufactured in four and six-foot sections, can be used with conventional model-railroad accessories.

One Horse Power Model (Jun, 1941)

One Horse Power Model

THIS mechanical horse, built by Roy Sheldon of Redmond, Oregon, pulls a wagon at ten miles an hour, and carries a rider at fifteen. An eccentric cam on the front wheels causes Dobbin to “gallop” like a real horse, and a gallon of gas is enough for the one horse power engine that supplies the motive power.


THE space ship set among the younger generation will really soar when they see this seven-foot-long, two-seat jet rocket made of sturdy three-ply fiberboard. Easy to assemble, it can be obtained from the Honor House Products Corp., 35 Wilbur St., Lynbrook, N. Y. Pretty neat, huh?

Stereoscope Holds Seven Views Mounted on a Disk (Mar, 1941)

Stereoscope Holds Seven Views Mounted on a Disk

Still making a bid for popularity, the old parlor stereoscope is now being offered in a compact, “streamline” form, showing pictures mounted in disks that contain seven colored stereographs each, instead of the traditional card that holds but one view, Tripping a lever at the top of the new stereoscope, which is made of durable plastic, brings the next picture into place, and this may be repeated until the seven have been seen. Originals for the views are made with a special miniature camera, using natural color film. Pictures are paired opposite each other on the disk, and when viewed through the apparatus they give a three-dimensional effect.

Building a “Tarzan” Tree Hut (Aug, 1929)

Building a “Tarzan” Tree Hut

IF YOU want to experience the sensation of a wild ride with the airmail, select a night when the weather man predicts “whoopee,” don a helmet, goggles, leather jerkin, or what have you, and seat yourself in a swivel chair in the highest tree hut you can find. To help the imagination, take along a flash light and a book of airplane adventures. However, you won’t need these after the storm breaks. Boy! Feel those air bumps! You zoom to get above the storm. You roll! You side slip! Then, crash!

FINGERPRINTing Kit: Imagine the fun… (Jan, 1934)

“FINGERPRINTing” is a pretty weird way to capitalize a word. The only thing I can think of is that they were trying to copyright “FINGERPRINT” one word, no space, all caps…

Imagine the fun…

For Children
For Grown-Ups
For Professional Use
For Business Efficiency

…keeping baby’s record…or the family’s record…comparing friends’ fingerprints… amusing visitors…with this scientific set!

The latest fad! Keeping a permanent record of FINGERPRINTS! Made doubly delightful by real, detective-like, elaborate set that gives you all the facilities of Scotland Yard!