Youngsters attending the summer program for
kids at the Onoway Museum
had the chance to take part in old-time activities –
hopscotch, blowing soap bubbles,
etc. Like the toys of the last century, these
activities need to be brought to
light to be remembered – and appreciated.
Metal toys were considered a real treasure
to boys (and girls) in the
1940s and 1950s. The farm (complete with barn, silo,
chicken coop, cattle shed)
and farm animals provided plenty of fun moving the
animals around the farm. If
you were lucky enough to have a Tonka tractor and
wagon, you could haul loads
of ??? around the sand box or in the house.
A very classy farm, this one!
Different breeds of animals were
Or on a noisier level, you could pretend you
were Roy Rogers and run
around shooting your cap gun at the bad guys. A toy
pistol (minus the bullets),
the cap gun gave off loud sharp sounds that
simulated gunshots. The "caps"
were rolls of paper with shock-sensitive compounds
that exploded with a loud
noise and smoke when the trigger was pulled.
The wagon attached to a Tonka
tractor is about 6 inches tall
Caps gave off smoke and
At the other extreme was the doll and
carriage – to be quietly pushed
around the house, in the yard or on the sidewalk.
Lucky was the young girl who received a
"real" sewing machine
for her birthday! Elna promoted their adult sewing
machines in the 1950s by
producing a miniature machine that actually sewed by
using a hand crank.
This doll is off to her wedding!
Elna's child's sewing machine
came in its own carrier case.
Toys enjoyed by children in decades past
gave hours of pleasure –
fueled by imagination.