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Toys Were Us: A Twentieth-Century History of Toys & Toy-Making
Nicholas Whittaker (au). Takes the reader on a chronological & nostalgic journey through 20th-cent. Brit. toy mfg. Pre-WW1, Frank Hornby’s system of ‘Mechanics Made Easy’ -- a tin box full of nuts, bolts & flexible strips of metal, had young boys attempting to build models of the Eiffel tower. In the 1920s, kids zoomed around in handcarts & scooters. The 1930s saw jigsaw puzzles & playing Escalado, ‘the racecourse on a table’. The 1950s & 1960s saw battery-powered toys, street marbles, & Airfix kits. The 1970s belonged to Subbuteo, Mastermind, & Lego, & the 1980s to Space Invaders, Cabbage Patch Dolls & PlayStation 2. The present day is made up of Pokemon cards & media fueled crazes. A witty & irreverent cultural history with an eye for hidden, obscure detail. Illustrated.
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