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Like many Americans, I have been home with my children 24/7 for nearly six weeks. The experience has become an independent study for my job as a curator responsible for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Global Toy News
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Not long ago—1977, to be exact—in our very own galaxy, moviegoers witnessed the birth of a legend. Since its inception, the Star Wars franchise has generated billions of dollars in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Global Toy News
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In 2018, the toy industry saw a significant increase in toys related to potty humor. Some critics speculated that this was based on the popularity of the smiling poop emoji... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Global Toy News
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In these days of lockdowns and social distancing, resourcefulness has become a watchword in so many facets of our lives. All of us are working to become a little more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Global Toy News
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Spending most of my time at home with my young children has revealed that I’m not especially innovative when it comes to crafts. Thankfully, there are people willing to experiment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Global Toy News
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Museums, schools, gyms, and malls are closed. Basketball games, poetry readings, dance recitals, and playdates are canceled. As a global pandemic casts a shadow over our daily lives, so many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Global Toy News
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Working at The Strong museum sometimes involves surprises—of the good kind. That was the case when I received an inquiry about the potential donation of a set of hand-carved Alice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Global Toy News
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Rubber has been used to play ball since the first Mesoamerican ball games of the Olmec people began around 3,000 years ago. The ball courts used for that game can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Global Toy News
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The Strong recently acquired the photographica collection of world-renowned photojournalist Martha Cooper. Kodakgirl, the nickname given to Cooper by New York City B-boys and B-girls, began collecting with a focus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at Global Toy News
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Crayola Crayons were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame way back in 1998, the first year of the Toy Hall’s existence. So it was well deserved when coloring... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at Global Toy News
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A board game begins with the board. But how is that board divided up? Often the simplest unit of division is a square. Consider the 64 squares of a chess... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Global Toy News
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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