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Ken Fedesna, former Executive Vice President and General Manager at video game developers and publishers Bally/Williams/Midway/Atari Games, has donated a collection that documents the history of Midway Games and showcases... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Global Toy News
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The histories of tabletop games and video games are deeply woven together. Analog and digital games often share similar mechanics (such as experience points) or similar settings (e.g. dungeon crawling).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Global Toy News
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In Part I of my skateboarding blog series, I discussed how the first big wave of skateboarding took place from 1959 to 1965, and then skateboarding went mainly “underground” from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Every year The Strong welcomes new inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and this year the inductees are Colossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, and... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Being on the Collections team at The Strong museum means that there’s never a dull moment. We are continually receiving boxes and boxes (and sometimes pallets) of toy, game, doll,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Everybody recognizes a jigsaw puzzle. A national craze in the 1930s, puzzles continue to sell well today. But few of us know the pleasure of assembling an all-wood, hand-cut puzzle.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Sometimes it seems as if civility and kindness are in exceptionally short supply today. The Internet liberates a portion of the populace from any standards of decent behavior. As I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Global Toy News
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At the turn of the 20th century, the toy market in the United States relied heavily on European imports—only 30 percent of the toys sold were produced domestically. Retailers and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Think of the ubiquitous crayon—generally a three-inch-long, likely worn down (or possibly broken!) waxy object. There could be some in your utility drawer at home right now, or maybe there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Is there someone on your holiday gift-buying list who deserves a memorable toy this season? I’m here to tell you to look no further than the must-have toys of yesteryear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Our lives are complicated and expectations for the future lie between idle longing and fervent wishing. As I entered the angst of middle school, I often wondered “what might happen?”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Since their inception in the early 20th century, comic books have been synonymous with American youth and playfulness. The colorful, action-packed stories in the pages of comics translated into creative... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Global Toy News
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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