One of the joys of my Monopoly book research has been learning more about the history of the toy and game industry, from parcheesi to Pokemon. Just in time for the holiday season, Smithsonian Magazine, points us to the FAO Schwarz toy catalog from 1911, which is extra fun to peruse as so many little ones are opening gifts today. In honor of Xmas, here are some highlights I couldn’t resist sharing with the rest of the class.
There are two pages devoted to lawn croquet sets, plus this awesome newfangled thing called basketball.
Everything about this pneumatic diver is perfect.
As is this creepy, very “life-like” swimming doll.
The presence of toy “dog whips” are clearly also a sign of changing times.
As are these splendid automobile caps and goggles.
I would have killed for this at-home wooden roller coaster as a kid. Part of me still does.