1950s Toys: What Toys Were Popular in the 1950s?

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There are a huge variety of collectible toys from the 1950s. Anything and everything from the fifties has some value.

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Some of the most popular toys from the 50s include lithographed tin toy cars, friction cars, die-cast cars, trucks and farm equipment.

For girls, plastic mannequin dolls for dressing finally got popular enough for a major toy manufacturer to start making them. This doll was called Barbie. Maybe you’ve heard of it. 🙂

Other toys include rocking horses, wooden blocks, building toys like Tinkertoys, Erector sets and even battery operated cars that are as big as 2 feet long.

Learn more and reminisce about your childhood by looking at our authentic 1950s toys catalog pages below.

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What toys did kids play with in the 1950s? The most popular toys in the 1950s were:

  • Play-Doh
  • Silly Putty
  • Magic 8-ball
  • Frisbee
  • Slinky
  • Pogo Stick
  • Hula Hoop
  • BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
  • Spell-It
  • Fisher Price Little People
  • Foto-Electric Baseball
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Corn Popper
  • Sharpshooter Target Practice Game
  • Feed the Elephant
  • Space Pilot
  • Pitchin’ Pal Action Game
  • Electric Football
  • Colorforms
  • Toy Guns & Western Clothing
  • Miniature Piano/Accordion
  • Portable Phonograph Player
  • Toy Drum
  • Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
  • Circus Sets
  • View-Master
  • Dolls
  • Domestics (Brooms, Vacuums, Stovetops, etc.)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
  • Wood Blocks
  • Spinning Tops
  • Toy Trains
  • Barbie
  • Doll Houses
  • 1:24 Scale Gas & Service Stations
  • Farm Toys/Sets w/ Equipment, Animals

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11 thoughts on “1950s Toys: What Toys Were Popular in the 1950s?

  1. Tiffany

    What do I remember?!
    I remember nothing. the ’50s are at least 50 years before my time!
    I love everything about the ’50s though!

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  2. Christine

    Looking for paper for paper dolls I’m 57 can remember a book or magazine being given to me off mother they were a card doll with head you cut out paper dresses ect that had tabs on them to bend over to hold on dolls . heads base was very basic don’t remember being very old when I was given one thrilled played with it loved it I don’t think many toys out then . anyone else remember these ? Carnt seem to find reference to them in uk ?

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  3. Kathleen

    I remember this wonderful doll I had. Not like the dolls of today. She was beautiful She was probably an 18″ or larger and sat at a complete school desk. I loved her!

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  4. Ted Gillam

    In the late 40’s or early 50’s I played a game similar to Fox and Geese only the pieces were different. The board had a navel motif and the pieces were two white plastic submarines and a bunch of red plastic ships. I don’t remember the name and have never seen it anywhere. Does anyone have any more information on this?

    Thanks, Ted

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  5. Raymond McGrath

    There was a toy back in the 50’s my Dad brought home one Christmas. It was called “Little Orbie” (or Orvie) and you would pull out the string to wind it and set it on the wall and it would walk up the wall. I’ve been searching for this item for a while but nobody seems to remember it.

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  6. Wolfman

    I Loved to put together tin Forts and Gas Stations hours of fun for me especially on rainy and lousy weather days and could not go out.

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  7. Janet

    I was seven years old when the first barbie doll shipment left the factory. I was one of the first girls to get one. I still have it. I passed it on to my daughter, and now my granddaughter is pregnant. I hope I’m around for her seventh birthday, so I can see her eyes light up with joy, like I saw in my daughter’s and granddaughter’s. 🙂

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  8. Tom

    There were 2 plastic “cone” shaped “launchers” about 12 inches long. At the small end of each cone there was a spring steel strip connected to a trigger. You placed a ping pong ball in the cone, aimed the large toward your partner and pulled the trigger. The ball would launch and your partner would try to catch it in his cone and launch it back to you.

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