Today, the day after Thanksgiving, is Black Friday. Stores will dramatically reduce pricing on items to draw shoppers in, while those shoppers will have pored over store circulars and devised a shopping plan well before the Thanksgiving turkey got coldâ€¦ perhaps even before it was ever cooked.
If you are a Black Friday shopper, itâ€™s highly likely that toys and games comprised at least a portion of your shopping list today. After all, these items have long been a part of our gift-giving traditions. And if you arenâ€™t a Black Friday shopper, you may still be looking for games and toys for the upcoming season. Why not look for ideas on Ohio Memory? Or, if you prefer, you can simply reminisce about a time when forgetting to buy batteries didnâ€™t result in Christmas morning tears.
Some of the toys youâ€™ll find on Ohio Memory are no longer sold in stores and have become collectorâ€™s items, perfect for toy collectors or nostalgia enthusiasts. Take, for example, Tykie Toy Company toys. The Piqua-based company was started by Richard and Sara Grosvenor, who began creating toys in their home when their son, nicknamed â€œTykie,â€ was a baby. The company outgrew the Grosvenorsâ€™ home by the 1940s but closed in 1952. On Ohio Memory, you can find a 1947 toy catalog which includes the Tykie Toy story as well as a pictorial list of its toysâ€¦ toys that can sell for well over $100 today in online auctions.
Some toys, such as teddy bears, airplanes, trains, and dolls, continue to be popular presents today. And others, such as jacks, marbles and Etch A Sketch, are not in demand by todayâ€™s children but are easily available and can provide lots of indoor fun on chilly snow days. If this yearâ€™s winter is anything like last yearâ€™s, it might be wise to tuck some of these items into stockings or emergency-snow-day supplies.
Grab a cup of hot cocoa, drape a warm blanket over your lap, and enjoy browsing Ohio Memory, where youâ€™ll find shopping ideas and maybe reminders of the toys of your youthâ€¦ but it wonâ€™t cost you a penny!
Thank you to Shannon Kupfer, Digital/Tangible Media Cataloger at theState Library of Ohio, for this weekâ€™s post!