I’m aware my posts are much more sporadic lately and I hardly think I need explain why. Although I was determined not to let that happen, the fact that I’ve just gone back to work following my maternity leave means that the posts might not become more regular for a while yet! I’m still loving and living the vintage but the opportunity to write about it seldom arises.
As as you might expect, I’m taking bubba along for the vintage ride and this has lately manifested itself in the purchasing of a lot of vintage toys. He’s on the move now and interacting with his environment so much more.
As a child some of our favourite toys were the classic Fisher Price toys. We had several of these and many of them had been handed down from older cousins, well loved and bearing surprisingly few battle scars.
They were simple and allowed for imaginative play, could be played with over and over and above all were very well made. It amazes me how many of them still exist – intact and ready for many more hours of play.
Herman Fisher and Irving Price teamed up in 1930 when they decided that world needs more imaginative toys. Their first line of 16 toys was sold in department stores and soon became very popular. Fisher Price went from strength to strength despite a hiatus in 1943 to help with the war effort.
In the 1950s Fisher Price began to experiment with other materials and introduced plastic toys to their range for the first time.
As the years passed Fisher Price kept reinventing itself, bringing out ranges of toys for babies, then baby equipment such as high chairs, then electronic toys and so much more. Recently, they reissued some of their most popular toys – with just some small modifications for today’s market.
Of course, it’s all about this boy. And although he’s still too little for most of these toys, and more interested in chewing them than playing with them, I know they’re not going anywhere. They’re going to be around for many years to come.
It is with a nostalgic nod I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!