TRADITIONAL AND CLASSIC TOYS AND GAMES
Some of these date back as far as the 19th century - Newton's Cradle (pictured right) dates back to the 18th century - whilst others were popular in the 50s and 60s, such as the tin robot and rocket. However, I remember many of these games and toys still being very popular when I was a young lad in the 70s.
The plasticine and marbles were definitely part of my 70s childhood, and I remember being amazed as I watched a friends slinky walk down the staircase!
This is an age old game and the original version was very popular in the 1890's. The above game includes a lovingly crafted wooden tray which can be used to store the counters and play the game on. A low-cost, but well-made vintage game.
This traditional card game dates from the Victorian times, and the version above has been reproduced from a 1905 version. The cards feature beautiful illustrations, and this is a game that all the family can play. A nice gift idea.
This has been a family favourite for many generations, and this version of the game is based on an early 1900s original game. Features metal goals with goalkeepers, six blow tubes and foam balls. However, the link below will lead you to a choice of blow football games.
Now this is a very traditional and fun toy. Watch the clown tumble down the two poles when you push them together at the bottom.
1950's Family Dice Game
Simply turn the handle and up pops Jack! It also plays a melody, and this is one of those simple, old-fashioned toys that is almost guaranteed to put a smile on a child's face. The original, tin Jack-in-the-Box toys featured a jester or a clown, although they now come in many varieties.
This helical spring can perform tricks, and I remember watching my friends slinky walk down the stairs back in the 70s. It uses a clever combination of momentum and gravity and was invented back in the 1940s by Richard Thompson James, a naval engineer.