Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s

24 Feb — 31 Dec 2017 at the VHS in Richmond, United States

26 AUGUST 2017
Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Courtesy of VHS
Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Courtesy of VHS

Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory, and history.

The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them, and the people who invented them reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

This exhibition is produced by the Minnesota History Center.