We all had toys when we were young, what were your favorites? Do you collect them today?
When I was in prime toy time (age five to ten) my favorite toys were little cars. I started out with the ones you could get at the five and dime store. The ones that sort of resembled cars on the street, but really missed the mark in authenticity. Then about 1950 I discovered Dinky Toys, which began to be sold in Pasadena, California, and were much more realistic. Dinky toys were made from die cast metal and were made to 1/43rd scale. They also had tires that you could take of and put on their rims which made them much more realistic. While they made trucks, military vehicles and cars, I much favored the cars. These were models of contemporary and pre-war British cars .... as the fifties progressed the models were of more contemporary and also included American cars.
Here is a couple of pictures of my favorite Dinky Lagonda model:
The other toy that really occupied many an after school afternoon was the small plastic bricks from which you could build all kinds of fanciful buildings and when you had accumulated enough sets of them you could build whole towns or just very large structures. The neat thing about these bricks was that they close enough in scale to work well with the Dinky toys.
I think every kid who was into Dinky Toys had a favorite one that was his own "personal" car at play times. My "personal" car out of all the Dinkys I eventually accumulated (with an allowance of 25 cents a week it took awhile to save up for a Dinky which usually cost 85 cents per car) was the model of the 1938 Lagonda Drop head sedan; it had wonderful swooping fenders and and fender wells for the spare tires. These Dinkys came in two colors green with dark green upholstery color or gray with maroon upholstery. I always tried to have a gray one (as these cars got played with a lot, including collisions, a new one was in order every once in a while.
I don't remember the name of the building bricks, but I am sure one of my contemporaries here will know their name.
What were your favorite toys?