Isn't it amazing how much toys have
changed since the 50's ? Today's kids most likely
would not know what to do with the toys we prized as kids.
Kids' lists for Christmas this year will most likely
include gifts such as Xboxs, PlayStation 3s,
Nintendo Wiis, CDs, DVDs, computers, computer games, IPods
and cell phones. Some kids may even be wishing for new
In the fifties, kids spent hours pouring over the Sears Christmas catalog making their wish
lists. Back then, young boys were hoping to get such
things as BB guns, Lincoln logs, erector sets, train sets,
Robby the robot, bicycles and Radio Flyer wagons. For
years, one of the most wanted gifts by boys was a coonskin
cap. They dreamed of looking just like Fess
Parker who starred on Davy Crocket TV show.
Young girls were hoping Santa would
bring them one of the glamorous dolls featured in the Sears
catalog. The most desired dolls in the fifties were
Tiny Tears and Betsy Wetsy. Christmas of 1959 found
many little girls hoping they would get the new doll Barbie
which was introduced that year. Other gifts that were
on many young girls lists were doll houses, doll clothes,
and paper dolls. Older girls were hoping to get
clothes, portable 45 RPM record players and records.
Roller skates were a popular Christmas
gift in the fifties. Kids like us who lived in
Nebraska were thrilled if Santa brought them ice skates or sleds.
Remember how much fun we had with Slinkys and yo-yos - we
could entertain ourselves for hours. Kids of today
might not believe the toys we received brought us so much
Chances are some
of the Christmas gifts we received were purchased with S & H
Green Stamps. Those stamps were issued at
supermarkets, gas stations, drug stores and even some
department stores. How many of you remember licking
those little green stamps and sticking them into the
saver books? Some of our moms only shopped at stores
that offered S & H Green Stamps. Any of you remember
browsing through a Sperry & Hutchinson catalog or visiting a
Green Stamps store?
The 50's were
indeed a much simpler time! Those of us who were
raised in the 50's are truly blessed! The Christmas
memories the majority of us have are truly irreplaceable.