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Toy Hardware Store

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A “My Merry Hardware Store” that includes Scott’s grass seed, watering can, shovel, Soilax household cleaner, scrub brush, Windex, sponge, broom, paint roller, ruler and Scotch sandpaper. Copyright 1959 Merry Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this toy in our collections database.

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Charlie Brown

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

A vinyl “Good Ole Charlie Brown” doll from the comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Minneapolis cartoonist Charles Schulz. Manufactured by Hungerford Plastics, circa 1958, and sold by United Feature Syndicate, which held the licensing rights to the comic strip from October 2, 1950 until February 26, 2011.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this doll in our collections database.

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Green Giant Doll

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A preprinted cloth “Green Giant” doll. Circa 1963-1967.

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Dick Tracy Car

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A tin windup toy version of the police squad car seen in the Dick Tracy comic strip. Lithographed images of Dick Tracy and other police officers decorate the car’s windows. Of the four wheels, three appear to have been made of wood, and one of rubber (the friction/traction wheel). The front grille, lights, and bumper are made from a separate piece of pressed tin. Manufactured by the Louis F. Marx Company between 1949 and 1960.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this toy in our collections database.

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Hot Wheels

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Limited edition Hot Wheels (by Mattel) toy car with a Malt-O-Meal logo printed on the side of car. Produced for the Northfield, MN company anniversary in 1994.

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Commando-Scope

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Commando-Scope

Comando-Scope handheld periscope. Consists of wood framed periscope with fitted slats for gold colored cardboard piece with a red printed graphic showing people using the device. Text reads “COMANDO SCOPE (reversed within a red triangle) / A GENUINE PERISCOPE for Junior Commandos…”. An oval opening near the bottom reveals an angled mirror. Metal staples near at the top and bottom hold the cardboard in place. Reverse cardboard piece is identical, but upside down so the mirror is at the opposite end.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this toy in our collections database.

For more toys, please visit our new exhibit titled Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s now open at the History Center.

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Tonka Dumptruck

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Tonka Dumptruck

A chromed steel toy dump truck made in 1990 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic steel Tonka Dumptruck. Made by Tonka Corporation of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this truck in our collections database.

To learn more about Tonka and other Minnesota toy manufactures, please visit our new exhibit titled Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s now open at the History Center.

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Toys, Toys and more Toys!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Toys, Toys and more Toys!

This weekend the highly anticipated (by kids and adults alike) Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s exhibit opens to the public!

Item of the Day is very excited about this show and today we present a preview of one of the collection items on display (and an icon of Minnesota toy manufacture) a Tonka Toys Livestock Truck. It was made sometime in the 1950s by Tonka Toys, of Mound, Minnesota and features the classic strong metal construction.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this truck in our collections database.

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Toys!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Learn about the new exhibit Toys and about which iconic toys from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s were invented right here in Minnesota. Will your favorites be among them?

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Toy Tractor

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Toy Tractor

A toy tractor and forage wagon representing Minneapolis-Moline products, circa mid twentieth century.

For details, view this toy in our collections database.

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