Hands up who played with Fisher Price toys when they were younger in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s..infact, our children play with them today. They have designed some real vintage classic which are not only collectible, but as we have such great memories of them we still buy them for our children to play with now.
Fisher Price is a US company, established as early as 1930 in New York. One year after the Wall Street Crash, Herman Fisher, Irving Price and Helen Schelle set up the famous toy company in a time when America was falling into the Great Depression. Their toys were designed to be great value for money as well as well made: the early toys were made from pine with steel fittings. They all had nicely designed labels on top creating a playful ideal especially on their first push pull toys.
Their first toy was Dr Doodle designed in 1931, but it was in the 1950s that their designs really started to sell. With the post war baby boom, families were able to spend money on toys which were now made in plastic. Buzzy Bee was their first plastic toy yet still combined with wood.
In the 1960s Fisher Price introduced their little people who along side houses, schools, garages and airports enjoyed their own little world. Quaker Oats bought them out in the late 1960s, heralding a new start and boom in the 1970s – this was a time that so many of the toys we all know and love were made.
It is said that they have designed about 5000 toys since their launch..and it feels like we have about that most of them in our playroom! Here are some of our favourites played by our children and us before.T
The Jack in the Box, designed in 1970
The record player, designed in 1971
The farmyard, designed in 1968
The school, designed in 1971
The house, designed in 1969
The garage, designed in 1964
The zoo, designed in the 1980s
The Chatter Phone, designed in 1961 and Humpty Dumpty
The Activity centre, designed in 1968, the chime ball, designed in 1972 and the radio designed in 1970
The doctors set, designed in 1977
The roller skates, designed in 1984
Gosh, we have so much more than these..I reckon its a little out of control!
And here are some we don’t have and wish we did!
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