Your Favourite Toys
Here is a selection of some of the best so far!
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More of our favourites
See some of our previous favourites in the gallery below.
Stories from the 1960's
I was a child in the '60s & early '70s. My fave toy was a cloth 'Joy Toy' Mickey Mouse (similar to your display), that I would take to bed every night.
I also had a wooden rocking horse (the same as the one in your exhibition), that was sadly left outside, due to lack of space! (deteriorated).
I loved the cereal packet critters & couldn't wait to RIP OPEN the box to get the toy, much to my Mum's feigned displeasure! (straight after we arrived home from the shops)!
Undoubtedly my best friend as a young boy was Herbie the rocking horse. Unfortunately Herbie had no head, so I rode him backwards and held on to his tail. Heee Yaww!
Growing up I had a "Cindy" doll. I guess she may have been a cheaper alternative to "Barbie" as I never owned a Barbie Doll. I always thought that Cindy was a much more natural looking doll than Barbie. Bring back Cindy!!
Catherine's Rocking Bed
Catherine Camichael from Scotland - now 76 years of age. My favourite toy was the doll in her lovely bed that my father had made this [from] wooden dark wood
Hi! I'm Dora Emory. Hello everybody, nice to meet you. It is a character of [sic] Japan animation. He is very cute and briliant!!! [sic] We're from Korea.
The Chook house
My 'Chooks House' (come dolls house) had special steps and room for my pet silkey haired chooks could roost. My Dad and Papa made it for me, I played with my dolls and chooks in this.
I really loved my Barbies. I would pour over the little catalogue books, planning my next purchase. My Dad built me a Barbie house of timber. My Mum made Barbie clothes and my brother knitted blankets for Barbie's bed. I'm 55 now and still treasure memories of growing up with Barbie. (Penelope Benson)
The large rocking horse - I rode many a range chasing "injuns" on my horse which was the same as the exhibit. I still have mine but no longer ride the range. George Pearce B1942
This is Bunny! Bunny is a very special bunny as he is 30+ yrs old. He was a PJ Holder and was given to me by my Nanna. Bunny travelled back and forward across the Tasman with me. Still have my Bunny and he is still loved.
I owned a 'Wendy' doll that I recerived for Christmas 1975, when I was 9 years old. She was as tall as my waist and could 'walk' if I held her hand and assisted her along. She had wavy blond hair, a pretty face and pretty pink dress made of soft tulle and lace. She was my most memorable favourite doll.
A glass marble drops - cannot explain the rules but it was my favourite as I spent time with nana and she taught all the tricks to win the game. It was fun! Hope you can google it!
My favourite toy - Shirley Temple doll circa 1933-1934/5 Blue polka dots on frilly dress "bobby" socks shoes with bar accross front. Maybe bows - I can't remember
Mera - aged 89 years
We bought our 89-year old Mum to the exhibition. She has drawn this picture of her Shirley Temple doll. She kept the doll in 'pristine' condition as she was so special. She sold it during the war for 25/- to her boss at work (for his daughter). She regrets selling it (to this day) but she needed the money. (no toys were available at the shops during War II) Great exhibition!
Robyn (age 60) Helen (age 57) <3 love the Barbies and the Crater Critters!
I remember the Christmas morning I snuck out to see what Santa had left under the Christmas tree - it was a Barbie Townhouse. I had an absolute fit of delight
I really enjoyed playing with my cut-out paper dolls. They kept me occupied for hours on a rainy day.
Also Snakes & Ladders and Pick-up Sticks
Tweety bird is special because he is always ready to be cuddled. He helps me when I'm sad. He is fluffy and soft. P.S. he is a pillow but I use him as a toy/pillow. Eve Moss Ructcliffe 8 (I'm a girl)
My favourite toy as a child was from the late 1970s. It was GODZILLA It stood about 50cm high. It's hand shot out and scared my parents. Children still love it and so do I.
Japanese Kokeshi Doll
One of my old best friends gave it to me for my 9th birthday. (We aren't friends anymore [sic] but it does hold a lot of treasured memories) Jasmine 11 yrs old Darwin born and raised
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