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Since last summer, you may have noticed small groups of millennials walking briskly toward landmarks surrounded by people staring intently at their smartphone screens. Every now and then, cries of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Global Toy News
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“Stop playing with that ball inside the house! You’re going to break something—take it outside!” Those are familiar phrases that I heard when I was younger, and I am sure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Global Toy News
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In 2015 David Howe, an avid chess enthusiast in Rochester, donated 40 different variations of chess sets to The Strong’s permanent collection. Howe’s gift included 4-Way Chess for four players,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Global Toy News
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It seems that now, perhaps more than ever, people everywhere are constantly on the go. Traveling to work or school, the gym, or the grocery store—the list goes on and... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Growing up in Pennsylvania, my parents frequently looked for family excursions within a few hours’ drive from our home near Pittsburgh. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, became a frequent destination for the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I remember my first yo-yo: a blue Duncan Imperial. I was 7 years old and had saved up enough of my allowance to buy it. The drive to the store... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Think about some of the “must-have” toys you’ve seen (or even procured) over the last few years. How about the playful robotic dog Zoomer? Or the small, colorful, hooked building... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Global Toy News
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. We have all heard the saying that a dog is man’s (and woman’s too) best friend. We love dogs so much that they even have their own special day—National... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I receive a lot of strange looks whenever I tell people that I look forward to the end of summer. Perhaps your face has morphed into such an expression after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I’ve admired The Strong’s vintage Drive-Mobile arcade game since the first time I stood in front of it with Martin Reinhardt, the museum’s arcade game conservation technician. It was exciting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Global Toy News
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When I was an undergraduate, I was obsessed with the television program E! True Hollywood Story. Each week, I took a salacious rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Global Toy News
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While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I worked as a DJ for the college radio station. One spring semester, I had a timeslot of 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoons.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Global Toy News
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My favorite artifact in America at Play, an exhibit that opened on The Strong’s second floor in December 2016, isn’t the oldest, the biggest, or the showiest. But it’s one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Here’s a fun experiment: suggest playing a game of Monopoly and predict the responses you’ll receive. More often than not, you’ll be hit with an audible groan and the familiar... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I first encountered troll dolls in the mid-1970s. My younger sister had one that she loved greatly and played with all the time. In fact, she played with her troll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The Strong’s board game collection is unique in all the world. Unlike specialized collectors, the museum thinks broadly about what it acquires, striving to represent both ancient and modern examples,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Having grown up with dogs, cats, a rabbit, and the occasional fish or two, naturally I consider myself an animal lover. Like many folks who fall into this category, my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Unless you have been out of touch for several days—say, locked in an epic game of Dungeons & Dragons—you have probably heard that Little People, the tiny figures that accompany... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Global Toy News
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On November 10, The Strong announced that the swing had been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, along with Fisher-Price Little People figures and the game Dungeons &... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Global Toy News
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In the 1970s, a group of gaming friends added the concept of role-playing to the previously straightforward play of war games. Gamers Gary Gygax and his associate Jeff Perrin published... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Barbie has raised eyebrows since her debut at the 1959 Toy Fair. Modeled after the German Bild Lilli novelty doll, Barbie provided girls a playroom outlet for their dreams and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Global Toy News
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It’s 9:43 a.m. on September 19, and you’re eyeing the morning’s deadlines when the usually reserved graphic artist pokes her head into your office and says, “Ye’ll have me that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Shopping. Chances are that word triggers a sensation of either joy or dread in your brain. Love it or loathe it, shopping plays a pretty hefty role in most of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Last year, I began processing the Atari Coin-Op Division records, a massive collection The Strong acquired in June 2014. These materials were previously held by a collector who purchased them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Before I came to The Strong, my exposure to pinball had been limited to the Barbie Shakin’ Pinball handheld video game that I received for Christmas 1995. I have definitely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Global Toy News