Posted on 07 June 2010.
With the great depression in the past and the rationing put into place during World War II no longer necessary, times were changing in 1947, especially for toys. The quality of toys improved during 1947, but for the most part they were the same toys kids were playing with before the way. Wooden Rocking Horses were popular because any handyman dad could put one together in a few days with relatively few materials. However, crafted wooden horses with springs instead of a rocking shape became more popular in the 1940’s, including the Wonder Horse. Nearly all kids play cowboys and Indians, and a rocking horse was a way for kids to pretend they were their favorite Western hero.
Paper dolls were very popular during World War II because of rationing. But, the paper dolls they played with during the war were still fun to use afterwards. Paper dolls were simple figures cut out of paper, but clothes printed on other sheets of paper could be laid over the top to change the fashions. Frugality wasn’t dead yet in 1947, but families were beginning to have extra money to spend again, and paper dolls weren’t the only types of toys available.
Toys like Dollhouses were suddenly in fashion to buy again. They were a fun addition for girls because their dolls could be played with in the doll houses. As there are today, there were a few options available, with some very simple doll houses and other more dramatic affairs. Whatever the size, most girls were more than thrilled to have a new toy after so many lean years during the war.
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