1970s Orange Tonka Tipper/Dump Truck
The old Tonka toys were renowned for being able to "take a bit of a battering", so they were a popular choice with parents. I have fond memories of visiting my friend who lived opposite and playing with his giant-sized yellow dump truck back in the 1970s. Most of the toys were yellow, orange and red, although I also remember there being a green bucket loader bulldozer.
There are oodles of toys still being made by tonka and the most popular are still the tipper/dumper trucks and diggers, just like back in the day!
Being an only child this was the ideal game to play on your own when you're friends weren't available. It's a fun way to give your memory skills a workout, and electronic games were still very much a novelty back in the 1970s.
Remember watching the Paddington animated series on the TV? He was very fond of marmalade sandwiches if I remember correctly. Anyway, this authentic-looking toy would make a lovely gift idea.
Vintage 1975 Battleship game by MB Games
The first game by Milton Bradley came out in 1967, but the original version was a simple pencil and pad game invented before World War 1 and, apparently, played by Russian officers. An electronic version was released by MB in 1977 with a talking version in 1989.
This guy first appeared on our TV screens in 1981 with a 13 episode series. He is still on our screens today, and even recent series still include the Postman Pat & His Black and White Cat theme song, which was actually released as a single, reaching #44 during July 1982.
The toy van (above) is still a popular seller and includes a Postman Pat figure (who still looks just the same as when I was young) and two parcels. However, there are dozens of other related toys available which you can see using the link below;
1960s/70s Mouse Trap Game by Ideal
Well, I loved playing this game, although you had to be pretty careful when setting it up or you could accidentally set it off before you even started playing! It was fantastic fun and I used to love the finale when the cage spiralled down the pole to trap the mouse!
Remember the smell of Play-Doh? I used to spend many an hour playing with this stuff, and I think I might buy some just to smell it again! Believe it or not, the product was first sold as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. However, when a group of schoolkids decided to "borrow" some out of the tin and use it as modelling clay a whole new market was accidentally invented. It was first sold as a modelling compound for educational purposes in the 1950s.
1974 Frustration "Popomatic" game by Peter Pan Playthings
What was pretty clever about this game was the enclosed "popomatic" dice roller which meant you never lost your die! This was like a frustrating, faster version of Ludo - kind of!
Original 1976 Perfection game published by Denys Fisher
This was one of those games that got everyone in a panic trying to match the shapes against the clock. When the time ran out the game board would pop-up causing the pieces to fly into the air. The game was published by Denys Fisher, MB Games and also Action GT.
These days this smaller version of the game is published by Hasbro Toy Group for younger kids.
The American fashion doll has been putting a smile on little girls faces since 1959 and she's still around today, as is her boyfriend Ken. She hasn't been without her fair share of controversy, of course, and today's dolls have a slightly wider waistline.
The most popular doll these days is the Fashionista Dress Doll.
1990s Version of Ker-Plunk
Ah yes, the game with lots of sticks and marbles. This was a firm favourite in our household, especially the Christmas Day that I received one. Happy memories.
A vintage game that has a very simple concept but lots of fun to play. Just about anyone could play this one and it was (and still is) the perfect family board game for a wet Sunday afternoon. It's purely a game of luck, but that's what makes it so accessible and all you really need to know is that you go up the ladders and down the snakes!
This vintage murder mystery game was invented in 1944 by Anthony E. Pratt and was originally called Murder! An official launch of Cluedo by Waddingtons took place in 1947, with Parker Brothers publishing the game as Clue in the U.S.
"You don't get anything for a pair, not in this game!". Yes, that was just one of the Brucie catchphrases that featured in the popular ITV game show Play Your Cards Right. The show was originally shown between 1980 and 1987 and produced by LWT. A new version by Thames Television was broadcast from 1994 to 1999.
Anyway, the game above is based on the TV show and is pure nostalgic fun which is still available to buy at Amazon UK.
Meccano Motor Lorry from an old instruction manual
Now, that Meccano 2 set above looks pretty much like the one I played with back in the 1970s. The idea was first conceived by Frank Hornby in the late 19th century and the first kits were manufactured in 1908. There was a time when every boy wanted a Meccano set for Christmas and wanted to be a train driver when they were older! Of course, times have changed, but it's still available to buy today, although, as with just about everything on this page it looks a lot more modern.