dolls, as toys, had been manufactured from
early 1800s, most children had few toys
until after the economic boom in the
post-war years. Today the toy box is
overflowing partly because of the power of
the consumer culture and partly because of
today's child-focused parenting
mid-1950s spending money on toys was
Christmas was the time to really splurge.
Onoway Museum has a small collection
of different types of toys – and there are
many types (games, animal toys,
construction toys, physical toys [like the
hula hoop], drawing toys, electronic
commercially popular dolls were porcelain,
came the baby rubber one with molded hair,
glassy eyes and a tiny open mouth
where you could poke in a bottle to feed
the baby. This was in the late 1940s
and into the 50s. Often Mom would sew
clothes and make quilts for this doll.
came along in the 1960s and not only
image of dolls that girls played with;
they were now fashion dolls that
required the purchase of more and more
clothes in order to attract that guy
doll, Ken. There was obviously a huge
market for the taking.
to the 1980s when the Cabbage Patch kids
along. These soft dolls brought in
something quite unique in doll/toy
The Cabbage Patch doll came with a birth
certificate and adoption papers. Now
children were committed to bonding with
this "kid" and being a
– Who wouldn't want to
Cabbage Patch kid?
Certificate – How lucky
to have Jayda Erin as
part of your family!
Prior to this
time, action figures had hit the toy
soldiers had been around for a long while
but G.I. Joes played 20th
century war games. By the 1980s Star War
figures came along and the battles
were good vs. evil in imaginary worlds.
Almost all of these were designed to
appeal to boys (how could they ignore this
In the unique
world of Christmas 2020, what kind of
found their way under your tree? Were
there any health care workers? How about
scientists fighting that COVID creature?
Other than his clothes,
metal (even his hat).
By using the remote
control, he can walk
toward you and
even shoot at you!
In the 1800s and early
1900s, dollhouses were
meant to prepare young
girls for homemaking.
This house (2 feet high,
wide + 7 inch porch)
was a gift to Kristy
Guidinger in the late
her mother and sister. It
is furnished to
the nth degree
a bathtub and a bar of
You must stop by the
museum to see this!
Machine - This mini-washer
taught young girls how to
use the churn (inside the
tin), push the clothes
the wringer, then hang
them out to dry
on the clothesline. The
boy got to help
by holding up the