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1900s Toys of the 20th Century


At the turn of the 20th century, new industrial methods and were used to make toys.  Dolls were made with a higher quality and along with the new technology, there were many new toys that came out for kids to play with during this century. Here is a look at the first decade of the 1900s and toys.

The first train set was introduced in the 1900’s.  The Lionel train set is one of the biggest toys of the 20th century, and it was first sold in 1901.  The little model train ran on a battery, and would circle around a small 30” track.  These trains were so popular, that by the middle of the 20th century, Lionel became the world’s largest toy manufacturer.

One thing that you may not think of as a toy, but was the most popular play item for children in the 1900’s, were Crayola crayons.  It was the biggest toy of the decade, and still today these wax crayons are found scrawled onto construction paper or scribbled onto walls.  School lists for elementary students still often require a set for school.  The original box of Crayola crayons did not have as many colors as can be found today, and only originally contained 8 crayons.

Tin toys, or wind-up toys, were being manufactured in the 1900’s.  Though they had been around for years before, they became more popular toys for kids in the 20th century when American companies began to mass produce and market them.  Though the toys weren’t entire tin, they were made of metal and coated in tin before being painted.  Tin windup toys have become an iconic symbol of the toys of yesteryear.

There are of course, many other decades to explore when it comes to 1900s toys, which we will do in other posts. Stay tuned for more of the Toys Timeline – the history of toys.

72 Responses to “1900s Toys of the 20th Century”

  1. Dewey says:

    When push comes to shove….floyd junior is getting taste of his own medicine…Suck it up floydee fans…!!!!…

  2. oohhbother says:

    Translation – Mattel is so locked in to Chinese manufacturing that they cannot make Christmas production without them.

  3. John K says:

    I think they're great and can't wait for the new album.

    I've asked a Q about them before:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AumlF9cc.6njyJMQ1mBQRzPsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100117123412AAQwmDT

  4. Hamburger says:

    If a 'new toy' can keep people happy for long, there wouldn't be anything that needs to be known as a 'new toy'.

  5. Demi says:

    Liquid wax remover might work – but I would try it in a tiny area first to make sure it doesn't mess up your screen (I don't think it will though). Good luck!

  6. Geoff says:

    Ariel's original design was developed by animator Glen Keane, who reportedly said in an animation lecture that she was based on his own wife. Ariel's appearance was also based on female model Sherri Stoner, who provided live-action references for the animators during the development of the film.

  7. goombajoe says:

    buffalotoys.com

  8. aussie says:

    Go with a good scroll saw. For work as thick as you're using, feed it very slowly. If it were me, I'd go with a Delta or Dremel.

  9. Ricky D says:

    sleep little one, sleep

  10. kittie says:

    On Kodak gallery site they have all kinds of cute things you can make after downloading a photo. Perhaps a little photo book or something with pictures of both your grandparents and perhaps the rest of the family too. This would of course be something for her to have when she is older, but I'm sure her mom would treasure it as I would and put it away for safekeeping until the right time to share it with your cousin. Or a really nice framed photo. Just a thought! Good Luck!

  11. Courtney Davies says:

    Just say something like this:

    "I have worked as a model for the last few years, and this work has helped to develop my confidence, Public Relations, Communication and Team Work."

    Sorta say that by working as a model, it has developed these sorts of things. Because the Employer will be looking for some way to link your modeling to the work you will be doing at their job.

    Good Luck

  12. ♥Bluєziiє Bαybєєє♥ says:

    Heh shes playing with your head bebe, dont let it get to you some people do this, shes trying to break you
    But hey, as long as your happy then whats the problem? im sure you have a very nice guy
    but a mean cousin ;p
    That or shes jealous lol

  13. BG says:

    I love your story poems.

    Favorite line:

    so mad I was chewin my hair

    That so underlines the whole "girlness" of the story. We boys have mostly never been so mad that we chewed our hair, cuz we can't. (Maybe Ray will come through and say otherwise. ;) )

  14. Julia says:

    I love your poem. It's very evocative of growing up and my experiences. Although I wasn't really a tomboy, I was pretty good at softball and baseball. I actually played on a mixed gender little league team that was mostly boys. And although I wasn't a star, I was definitely not the worst player.

  15. ivan says:

    probably it's not there, if I were you I'd make some account under music and post the song there. Then you could just post other songs when u get bored.

  16. Will H says:

    Wow, the only thing I can think of on such a tough topic is Karaoke! Seriously, it's changed the whole music scene and put a lot of live musicians out of work.

    I wish you the best — this is really a tough topic!

    GOOD LUCK!

  17. Kittysue says:

    Every airline has their own training programme so even if you pay for one school, you'll still have to go through the specific airline's own training. Don't waste your money on an institute. Every airline has their own Careers section on their corporate site

    Modeling and being well groomed are not that important – just look at 80% of the air hostesses you see. Foreign language skills is one of the most important skills you can have, and if you have a CPR and First Aid certification, that's another plus

  18. Tim says:

    stand on a street corner in a new town with a sign saying "help me, i'm hungry" and with the money you collected, donate it to a local charity (:

  19. mycle1000 says:

    i found a shower head i like. it's called the great head, or good head or something like that. i bought it at wal-mart or menards or some place like that. it works good to add pressure.

  20. Kat n says:

    what's the question?
    myrrh gold and incense?

  21. delicious says:

    I would just find it funny. Cuz i dont really beleive guys when they compliment me cuz i've had enough bad experiences.
    If shes like one of those like…er dont know how to explain like easily woo-ed?? she would probs be happy.
    :S i have no idea what i just said (:

  22. Will H says:

    Tough topic. I don't think it has shaped history, as such, but music in Japan has become influencial. You may get something from here

    http://www.mondaviarts.com/education/education_pdfs/Yamato05.pdf

  23. Nate says:

    what's the question?
    myrrh gold and incense?

  24. Lou 32dtg says:

    Sort of accidentally leave it on the screen where she can see it, watch her reaction, and then you'll know for sure if it is her, or just ask her about it.
    Strange that a church going woman would marry a man with that kind of fetish tho?

  25. Old Man Dirt says:

    When was the last time you gave it a treat?
    Like spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter.
    Is it due for a timing belt?
    Your car may be suffering from lack of attention.
    I don't know your shift points, or what speed you were doing – your lack of acceleration could be due to the rev limiter. Try fourth next time.
    It could also be that you have a bad clutch. Did the RPM's go up with no increase in speed? If so you need a clutch.

  26. Kat n says:

    Catch Santa with lots of gifts.

  27. Ranchmom1 says:

    I would call them pupils. I would actually refer to Primary school kids as pupils too. From middle school on I would refer to them as students.

  28. Dr. Strangelove says:

    u should ask the dealer u bought it from to swap the wheels with a SES or SEL for a small price which they will do most times!

  29. allansc2005 says:

    If the number is ten or less, you write it out. Otherwise, write the digits. "20th Century" is correct

  30. valeriamilian says:

    They are both condescending. If people want to address teenagers in any way, they should use their names. "Young woman/man" is just annoying.

  31. Rasta says:

    Here ya go

    Get any probs there….I can send u the file

  32. tmwag says:

    might wanna try baking soda and a cloth

  33. Ford_Craney says:

    He was asking who the new person was (most likely you) or was referring to the grandson in a distasteful way ( referring to her as a dirty old woman with a younger man).

  34. Danya Raquel says:

    its weird and that's not really a plot but if you make it shorter and better it will be pretty amazing!!!!!!!!

  35. OleBaboon says:

    I dont think this is some kinda of litmus test in which we are dealing with the common person.

    I think that neither side needs to be blind but should be able to examine the others data for relevancy and accuracy.

    I think that is the best way to deal with this. Why allow someone submitting skewed data to be able to hide behind the double blind method.
    Rather , they should be out in the open where honest peer review from all angles should be able to examine it for honesty and accuracy.

  36. Great Level says:

    21st century?!
    The 2nd one hears ghetto0_o

  37. Gary R says:

    Try some rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth.:)

  38. david9898116 says:

    IDK,
    O yea here it is:

    iPod super: Music, Pictures, Video, Live TV, Wireless Freedom (no need to Plug into computer), BUILT IN radio, Web Browser, Radio Trasmitter, Word Processer, 50 hour battery, and Universal Game Player. Plus it all fits in your Back pocket.

    iPod Super, $99, The media player for the rest of us

  39. momoftwins says:

    My hubby was great the first week postpartum, but its wearing off. He has physical issues (very overweight, sleep apnea, bad knees, can barely walk, pain meds make him mostly sleep) so I feel bad asking him to do more than go to work every day. Its physically hard for him to change a diaper, or stand and make a bottle after a day of work. And when he sits down to feed our son, a lot of times he falls asleep doing it, so I am afraid he will drop him. I have kind of just given up, I give him our son to hold sometimes, and I know he loves him, but he is my baby to care for. I do somewhat resent having to care for his dad on top of caring for him, and I know when I go back to work I will resent it more. So, just sit back with this next one and let him do his thing, I think I pushed my hubby away from the care he could give our son by telling him what to do to much. Yours hasn't, but I think to a degree, mine stopped caring about our son, or thinking of him as his son, because I wouldn't let him do anything his way. (no, his way wasn't perfect, but I guess it would have worked)

  40. mizzhollywood28 says:

    365 days of sex. It gives you new positions and stuff to try. Or sex 101. Also "she comes first" is a good book. Fun!

  41. Sal D says:

    In Roman Catholic theology, Limbo (Latin limbus, edge or boundary, referring to the "edge" of Hell) is a hypothetical afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the damned (gehenna). Medieval theologians described the underworld ("hell", "hades", "infernum") as divided into four distinct underworlds: hell of the damned (which some call gehenna), purgatory, limbo of the fathers, and limbo of infants.

  42. Candy says:

    Yes the kindle is very nice I bought 1 for $399 here

  43. bobdaMoFobuildr says:

    fuck that i rather get 2!!! =]

  44. Hani says:

    And,..heeeeres Johnny!

  45. Thurlow (TWE) says:

    This was pretty good, put alot of efffort in and its different not being able to vote for the winners. Anyways i think they are thr right winners. 10 out of 10

    CWE has made its debut this week with Impact soon CWE Havoc will be making its debut to find contenders and we will be having our First PPV this weekend Backlash

  46. John Obama says:

    Any law that tries to prevent a criminal act rarely stops a criminal from committing the act in question. The best deterrent for crime is a stiff penalty.

  47. JOSH says:

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    you can find a lot of answers

  48. bmxcollections says:

    See bmxcollections for the 'generally' available scales.

    HO is very common. N – has become more popular over the last 10 years and is my preference for size. Those two are possibly the most common these days. In all you're prob better off sticking to HO or N for "small but not tiny", commonly available scale.

  49. roxiecat4200 says:

    You just made me tear up, my grandfather is very sick and I'm worried.

    How about a few pictures of him in a small scrapebook with your memories of him and your other cousins memories of him. Get a good history on who he was…important dates like birth, high school graduation, military service, marriage ect. So when she grows up, even though she didn't know him she will know how special he was.

  50. a13 says:

    RedTacton: An innovative Human Area Networking technology that uses the surface of the human body as a transmission path
    - Communication through natural human actions: touching, holding, walking –

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT, headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. President and CEO, Norio Wada) is pursuing research and development of an innovative Human Area Networking technology called RedTacton (*1) that safely turns the surface of the human body into a data transmission path at speeds up to 10 Mbps between any two points on the body. Using a novel electro-optic sensor (*2), NTT has already developed a small PCMCIA card-sized prototype RedTacton transceiver (see Fig. 1). RedTacton enables the first practical Human Area Network between body-centered electronic devices and PCs or other network devices embedded in the environment via a new generation of user interface based on totally natural human actions such as touching, holding, sitting, walking, or stepping on a particular spot. RedTacton can be used for intuitive operation of computer-based systems in daily life, temporary one-to-one private networks based on personal handshaking, device personalization, security, and a host of other applications based on new behavior patterns enabled by RedTacton. NTT is committed to moving RedTacton out of the laboratory and into commercial production as quickly as possible by organizing joint field trials with partners outside the company, under NTT's comprehensive producer (*3) program.

    1. Background

    Human society is entering an era of ubiquitous computing, when networks are seamlessly interconnected and information is always accessible at our fingertips. The practical implementation of ubiquitous services requires three levels of connectivity: Wide Area Networks (WAN), typically via the Internet, to remotely connect all types of severs and terminals; Local Area Networks (LAN), typically via Ethernet or WiFi connectivity among all the information and communication appliances in offices and homes; and Human Area Networks (HAN) for connectivity to personal information, media and communication appliances within the much smaller sphere of ordinary daily activities– the last one meter. NTT's RedTacton is a break-through technology that, for the first time, enables reliable high-speed HAN. In the past, Bluetooth, infrared communications (IrDA), radio frequency ID systems (RFID), and other technologies have been proposed to solve the "last meter" connectivity problem. However, they each have various fundamental technical limitations that constrain their usage, such as the precipitous fall-off in transmission speed in multi-user environments producing network congestion.

    2. Technical Points

    RedTacton takes a different technical approach. Instead of relying on electromagnetic waves or light waves to carry data, RedTacton uses weak electric fields on the surface of the body (*4) as a transmission medium. Figure 2 illustrates the basic principles of operation. A RedTacton transmitter couples with extremely weak electric fields on the surface of the body. The weak electric fields pass through the body to a RedTacton receiver, where the weak electric fields affects the optical properties of an electro-optic crystal. The extent to which the optical properties are changed is detected by laser light which is then converted to an electrical signal by a detector circuit.
    The three major functional features of RedTacton are highlighted below.

    (1) A communications path can be created with a simple touch, automatically initiating the flow of data between a body-centric electronic device and a computer that is embedded in the environment. For example, two people equipped with RedTacton devices could exchange data just by shaking hands. A wide range of natural human actions — grasping, sitting down, walking, or standing in a particular place — can be used to trigger RedTacton to start a networked process.

    (2)
    Using a RedTacton electro-optic sensor, two-way communication is supported between any two points on the body at a throughput of up to 10 Mbps. Communication is not just confined to the surface of the body, but can travel through the user's clothing to a RedTacton device in a pocket or through shoes to communicate with a RedTacton device embedded in the floor. Unlike wireless technologies, the transmission speed does not deteriorate even in the presence of large crowds of people all communicating at the same time in meeting rooms, auditoriums or stores. Because the body surface is the transmission path, increasing the number of connected users directly increases the available number of individual communication channels .

    (3)
    RedTacton can utilize a wide range of materials as a transmission medium, as long as the material is conductive and dielectric, which includes water and other liquids, various metals, certain plastics, glass, etc. Using ordinary structures such as tables and walls that are familiar and readily available, one could easily construct a seamless communication environment at very low cost using RedTacton . (Note that constraints are imposed by the length and environment of the propagating conductor, and by the thickness of the dielectric.)

    3. Potential Applications

    - One-to-One services
    With the ability to send attribute data from personal information devices worn on the body to computers embedded in the environment, one-to-one services could be implemented that are tailored to the individual needs of the user.

    - Intuitive operation of personal information devices
    Communication is triggered by totally natural human actions and behavior, so there is no need to insert smart cards, connect cables, tune frequencies, or any of the other inconveniences usually associated with today's electronic devices.

    - Device personalization
    Setup, registration, and configuration information for an individual user can all be uploaded to a device the instant the device is touched, eliminating the need for the device to be registered or configured in advance.

    - New behavior patterns
    Tables, walls, floors and chairs can all act as conductors and dielectrics, turning furniture and other architectural elements into a new class of transmission medium. For example, a user could have instant access to the Internet merely by placing a laptop onto a conductive tabletop.

    - Security applications
    RedTacton could be installed on doors, cabinets and other locations calling for secure access, such that each secure access could be initiated and authenticated with a simple touch. At the same time, all the transaction details and relevant user attributes (personal identity, security clearance, etc.) could be logged by the security system.

    4. Enlisting Partners for Collaborative Field Trials

    NTT hopes to conduct joint field trials in cooperation with outside companies and organizations to explore potential applications, verify RedTacton reliability, fine-tune the system, and gather business and market data.

    • Trial period: from April to September, 2005 (planned)
    • RedTacton equipment: NTT will lend partners RedTacton transceiver prototypes. Maintenance fees incurred during the field testing will be borne by the partners.
    • Trial environment: Partners will prepare the staffing, equipment, and venues needed to operate the field trials.
    • Partner selection: Trial partners will be selected at the sole discretion of NTT.
    • Further Information: Inquiries about RedTacton or proposals to participate in joint field trials can be submitted through the RedTacton website

    5. Future developments

    RedTacton has a wide range of unique new functional features and enormous potential as a Human Area Networking technology. NTT is committed to quickly identifying and opening up those application areas with the the most commercial promise for RedTacton, a business development process to be coordinated under NTT's Comprehensive Producer Function program.

    Figure 1: RedTacton PC card prototype

    Figure 2: Principle of RedTacton Communication

    Glossary

    *1) RedTacton
    RedTacton involves initiating communication with a touch that could result in a wide range of actions in response. So, NTT combined touch and action to coin the term Tacton, and then added the word Red — a warm color — to emphasize warm and cordial communications, creating the name RedTacton. For more information about RedTacton, please visit the RedTacton webpage at

    *2) Electro-Optic sensor
    A sensor that bounces a laser beam off of a crystal (electro-optic crystal) and measures the reflected beam. Oscillations in the electric field surrounding the crystal affect the crystal, which changes the reflected light's polarization.

    *3) Comprehensive Producer Function
    The Comprehensive Producer Function initiative is an NTT internal program launched in July 2003 in which "Producers" within the NTT Holding Company are made responsible for commercialization planning, business development and market research for new technology invented by NTT Labs. The Producers work together with various parties both inside and outside the NTT Group to get NTT's renowned R&D out of the lab and into the marketplace as quickly as possible. NTT plans to apply this commercialization program to a broad range of products and services in the years ahead.

    *4) Body surface electric fields
    RedTacton transceiver electrodes are covered with an insulating film, so there is no way that current from RedTacton can flow into the user's body. Note however that, just like the weak electromagnetic waves produced by most common electrical appliances, a faint modulating displacement current does pass through the body when using RedTacton . The level of displacement current involved is considered harmless and is in full compliance with the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) radio frequency-exposure protection standards (RCR STD-38).

    For further information, contact:
    Hideki Sakamoto
    R&D Strategy Department
    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Tel: +81 3-5205-5391
    E-mail: info-redtacton@ml.hco.ntt.co.jp

  51. egypsies says:

    It will never end.
    It never does unless we just plain get rid of the whole shebang and 80% of the case law out there.

  52. bobdaMoFobuildr says:

    This looks suspiciously like a homework assignment YOU are supposed to do — not us! But I'll tell you what, you post YOUR completed work and I'm sure someone here will edit it for you! That's the purpose of a HELP site!

  53. Kat n says:

    what's the question?
    myrrh gold and incense?

  54. Rayven53 says:

    i can see this being you haha

    nice write Tex

  55. fizadora says:

    totally agree

  56. uniquekid1993 says:

    IF I get These shoes im rockin them with some CRAYOLA crayons lol ..

  57. tuckershawer says:

    I’m currently transfixed by a TV show showing how wax crayons are made!

  58. viickiiehSecret says:

    A compliment comin from the goddess? heaven! 3 my little model :)

  59. Consumer Intensive says:

    Sexual Surrender .._}}} Former HP CEO seeks to keep damaging letter secret Woman sues sex toy manufacturer after using product causes her to bleed heavily and lose consci

  60. maxxo says:

    Color Me A Dinosaur – The History Of Crayola Crayons, Charted

  61. corisbigmouth says:

    RT class=” ” RoseArt crayons Crayola crayons lol

  62. PhallozMardin says:

    Today Prices Today Prices – The Polar Express RC Lionel Train Set –

  63. AfterCloudia says:

    Yes, I think you are being a little too sensitive. Maybe he just figures you already know that your his little model and stuff because he's said it in the past…?

  64. Twitter says:

    RT If they cart us off to FEMA camps based on how many times we visit Drudge, I’m screwed. I may be on first train. Choo Choo!

  65. Lode Runner says:

    If you wanna do a paper on new technology, try using the mobile phone industry and how even computers are now being integrated to mobile phones. Mobile phones are now being equipped with anything a computer can do, even get on the internet. Long gone are the days when the phone was just used for voice calls. Now, you can even use your mobile phone to create/edit/view office documents even on the go. The mobile phone industry has made economics move faster than before. Business decisions can now be made in a flash even when you are not in front of a computer.

  66. tati_x000 says:

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  67. Kristina M says:

    Everything these days are either computerized, or runs on batteries. Back in my day as a kid, our toys had a wind up key and you wound it up to make it work. Seems funny to me that kids these days don't know what wind up toys are.

  68. monji6 says:

    , I agree that this method does have some great techniques in it. I like how engaging it is, as repeating out loud to fellow students can help concepts to “stick” in the brain better. This concept does encourage learning, but I feel it is almost too over top for the post secondary level. I do believe that it could be fun and engaging for elementary students. If I was in this class, though, and I had a migraine for example, I would literally leave the class, whereas I know with

  69. JJ says:

    Very good! Suggested changes in CAPS:

    DURING the last summer holidays Svenja travelled to the USA. She stayed in Florida FOR FOUR WEEKS! As a small present she brought a cookbook ( or rather a cooking magazine) for me.
    I am not the best cook: I´m able to make pancakes, noodles, scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs (even if they ARE supposed to be soft-boiled) and some other easy meals, however I always enjoy cooking. So I was sure that the "taste of home" magazine would bring me a lot of fun and maybe it also would improve my "culinary art".

    Well, now I want to introduce three recipes to you, which show the motley and high calorie cooking TYPICAL of the USA.

  70. Tatty says:

    Everything these days are either computerized, or runs on batteries. Back in my day as a kid, our toys had a wind up key and you wound it up to make it work. Seems funny to me that kids these days don't know what wind up toys are.

  71. antiquetintoys says:

    타이포그래퍼 김기조의 class=” ” 소장 리스트. ‘틴토이들로 가득 찬 . 양철로 만든 틴토이는 당시 역사를 보여주고 있어 애착이 가요.

  72. TattyBojangles7 says:

    class=” ” Me and my princess

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