BY JACK HERBERT
POP MUSIC HAS ITS “Golden Oldies”, Magazines and Newspapers have their “Back Issues”, Television has its perpetual “Re-Runs”. We are living in a nostalgic era, probably, for a time when everyday living was more predictable, more leisurely. The folks on “Gilligan’s Island” will never get away, and don’t really want to, do they?
We antique toy buffs, of course, live our own heady lives in the past, and love it. Who cares what gaudy toy creations Kenner hath wrought – give us an Arcade Mack Truck, a Marx “Busy Bridge” or a Gunthermann twoseater, and we’re happy as kittens with warm milk.
Our Current Reading List is topped by old Toy Rosters, Sears & Roebuck re-issues, and early Toy Jobbers Illustrated Catalogues filled with joyous toys designed, built, and sold in a simpler era.
Sniffing around these old toy listings is always a delight for your Correspondent here. Inevitably, I come across toys that were actually offered for sale, apparently, but which seem to have been lost in the passage of time. The reasons for some are obvious – the Grocery Store, for example, must have taken up half a room when set up, and was only for your rich kids, anyway. But other wayward toys are downright charming, delightful things. We never see them. We never see them. Well, hardly ever. What ever happened to them?