The Story of American Toys: From the Puritans to the Present (Studies in Social, Economic, and)

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Children in America were playing with tiny bows and arrows and miniature harpoons before the colonists came with their dolls and tin whistles. While author O'Brien magically evokes the wonder of toys in America, his primary aim is to tell the story of the individual craftsmen, innovators, and entrepreneurs behind all the toys--from rocking horses to Tinker Toys to Cabbage Patch Kids. 300 illustrations; 200 in full color. (252 pp.)

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In a capable, matter-of-fact history, O'Brien ( Collecting Toys ) surveys the playthings of three American centuries, beginning with the doll carried by young William Penn to Pennsylvania and concluding with the jowly Mr. Potato Head, manufactured by Hasbro and still popular in the 1980s. In between are Robert the Robot, a battery-run alien creature of the '50s; toy soldiers of successive eras; a charming miniature tin kitchen, circa 1880, from Asheville, N.C.; and the board game's mid-19th-century forebear, The Mansion of Happiness, an Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Amusement. A picture book designed with a jaunty vernacular rhythm, O'Brien's opus is also noteworthy for the curious stories he tells of toys' origins--for example, that of the teddy bear. Conceived by a shrewd Brooklyn, N.Y., toy store owner, the bear was modeled after a real-life cub whose cuddliness caught legendary hunter Teddy Roosevelt's eye. Not only was the cub's life saved, but its spirit--reincarnated in plush, fur and felt--was immortalized.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

This excellent book traces the history of American toys from the 18th century through 1987, emphasizing not only the toys themselves but also the people who invented them, the companies that manufactured them, and the ways in which social, political, and technological changes affected the toy business. The book includes over 300 handsome illustrations, two thirds in color. Its only real weakness lies in its lack of balanced coverage, particularly in the illustrations. Half the photographs are devoted to just three areas: toy road vehicles, airplanes, and military equipment; some other major areas such as construction sets, activity sets, stuffed toys, dolls, and girls' toys of all types are almost ignored. The book should appeal to a wide range of readers, from passionate toy collectors to those who simply enjoy remembering their childhoods.
- Frederick A. Schlipf, Urbana Free Lib. & GSLIS, Univ. of Illinois
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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