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In my last blog post we learned that the first big wave of skateboarding took place from 1959 to 1965, and then skateboarding went mainly “underground” from about 1966 to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Global Toy News
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In our new book from the World Video Game Hall of Fame, A History of Video Games in 64 Objects, we faced a challenge. Which objects should we include? The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Global Toy News
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In the 1880s the toymaker Charles Crandall invented a dexterity game a player could hold in one hand. People had likely crafted similar games, often called “ball-in-a-maze” puzzles, for many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Global Toy News
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In this age of sharing every idle thought online, younger generations might find it hard to believe that publicly documenting one’s own life wasn’t always the norm. The most ancient... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Global Toy News
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In the context of toy and sports history, skateboards and skateboarding have had a relatively short existence. Skateboarding might be the phoenix of the sports world: rising, dying out, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Global Toy News
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How do you tell the history of video games? For more than a decade, The Strong has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of video games. Over that time... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Plastic was invented in the late 19th century, but not until after World War II did advances in chemical technology make it malleable and affordable enough to meet the demands... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Global Toy News
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It’s quite likely that you’re already familiar with the creations of artist and designer Bonnie Erickson. If you’ve ever watched or played with the Muppets or if you’ve memorized all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Global Toy News
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The history of black dolls is complicated. Post-Civil War minstrel shows often influenced the black dolls produced in the late 1800s, such as promotional dolls of Rastus advertising Cream of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Global Toy News
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In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Have you ever had a day when you just want to throw something? Well, it’s probably optimal if you choose an object that is meant to be thrown. Playthings such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I grew up in a family of makers before the Maker Faire existed. My grandmothers could knit, sew, make jewelry, or hand hook a rug. They were the early generation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The Paper Airplane Soars into the National Toy Hall of Fame Historians debate the origins of paper airplanes. Early attempts at constructing flying machines fascinated children and adults alike. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Global Toy News
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On November 9, 2017, Wiffle Ball took its place of honor in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining 64 other classic toys and games. Introduced in 1953, the Wiffle... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Today people find themselves bombarded with ideas, images, and characters from every kind of media. Game manufacturers quickly capitalize on that phenomenon by producing classic games licensed for popular themes.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Although I sometimes roll my eyes at the new commemorative “holidays” that get added to the calendar, I’m actually delighted to see that November 4, 2017 has been declared the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Global Toy News
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What makes a game classic? Part of the answer is longevity. Most people consider chess classic; we’ve played it for centuries. What about playing cards? Woodblock-printed cards appeared during China’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Global Toy News
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As Chief Curator for The Strong, I start each morning with a to-do list and an idea of what I’m hoping to accomplish, but I can’t always picture what will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Global Toy News
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“Summer just opens the door and lets you out." Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart The front of a school building shimmers in the sun. A loud bell rings. The doors... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Global Toy News
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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