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


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


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

1950s Toys Pictures


In-Depth 1950s Toys Profiles

Rat Patrol Board Game

Board Games in the 1950s »

Educational board games and quiz games were popular in the 50s. Many games were to be played by all ages, designed to get the whole family to play together.
Ichiko Tin Toy Cars, X-5 Model

Ichiko Tin Toy Cars »

Starting in the 1950s and moving on into the 1960s, Japanese toymaker Ichiko began making really nice (and now, really valuable) tin cars.

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19 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!

  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 ?

    1. sharon goetzinger

      Yes, I remember those paper dolls and the paper clothes with tabs. I was nuts about them and thinking they never had enough clothes, so I’d design all sorts of clothes on scrap tablet paper, making all sorts of designs on them and color them and cut them out, including tabs so they could wear them- spent hours working with that – so fun! (I said then that I was going to be a clothes designer (!) Pipe dream, but that was my dream at the time!!! Was fun o use my imagination! I’m 71 now!

  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!

  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

  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.

    1. America Sun

      Do you mean Little Orby?? I just google searched it because it sounded cool and is it Little Orby?

    2. sharon goetzinger

      This would be back in the upper 50’s to mid 60’s. One of my older brothers got for Christmas a set of 2 or 3 plastic birds or parrots, maybe 6″ long, where its feet were in cylinder form consisting of maybe 3 or 4 suction-cupped feet, that fit halfway under/inside its belly, somehow affixed w/a rubberband. What you would do is manually wind the feet up, sticking it onto the wall and let it go! The bird would walk up or along the wall, going as far as you had tightly wound up the feet, sticking to the wall all along! It was so fun to work it and see how far it would go! My brother & we siblings had the best time of our lives playing with those birds!!!! I believe one was red, one blue and possibly a yellow one!

  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.

  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. 🙂

  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.

  9. Nancy

    I was reminded of my Howdy Duty toy that walks down the wall. Really did love Buffalo Bob & Howdy Duty Time TV show. Then there was my Betsey Wetsy doll. But I use to love getting the special toys in the cereal box. (not the cheap paper junk they ended up with.). Oh my Cracker Jacks toys!!!!😘😘😘😘

  10. Wyatt Williams

    I was born in 1958 and the toys i remember was as follow:
    1. A gallon or half gallon milk or orange juice container, the clear one that was sealed with three or four little items in it that made noise when you shake it.
    2. Lincoln logs not legos these toy logs were made of wood, where you could build a log cabin by following the directions
    3. Wooden yoyo’s
    4. Wooden skateboards
    5. Paper cut out dress up dolls
    6. The big boy dolls for boys
    7. small metal cars you sit in and paddle with your feet
    8. Baby dolls only two colors black and white with milk bottles were the milk disappeared when turned up side down
    9. The complete set of children Bible stories
    10. And many more things
    Yes i miss those days where life seem to be simpler


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