TOPS from the TOY SHOPS (Dec, 1952)


SANTA CLAUS may be getting ready for the hard job ahead, but it’s a cinch he’ll need a boost from the family pocketbook, to even come close to satisfying the youngsters’ hunger for toys that are new and different. American toy designers seem to have outdone themselves this year in an effort to make the job of finding the right thing for young Johnny or Suzy an easy one. In fact, from the hundreds of toys now available, we had a hard job picking a selection to show you here. There were so many good-looking, fascinating, educational (the-kind-with-the-fun-still-left-in-them) toys that we hated to leave any out. The Toy Guidance Council recommends most of these.

Worthy of honorable mention are a few toys not illustrated on the next few pages. For instance, Jokari, a paddle and ball game by Jokari, Inc., 30-A Church St., New York, in which ball snaps back automatically to a center control box ($2.98 to $7.49); a kit of 15 action toy patterns, about $1.00 postpaid from Craftplans, Dept. D, 1321 S. Michigan, Chicago 5; a plastic coloring apron with pockets for crayons and coloring book, $1.00 ppd. from Allison-Boothe, Dept. 9H, 511 E. 136th St., Hawthorne, Calif.; and a Magnetic Global Air Race, about $4.95 from Replogle Globes, Inc., 325-M N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago 12, played with magnetic planes and an 8 in. globe.

That’s a fair sample and, doggone it, we certainly wish we were young again. . . .

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