|9/15/16 ink, colored pencils|
The Museum of History and Industry has a fun exhibit right now called “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.” In addition to all my childhood favorites – Etch-a-Sketch, Thing Maker, Spirograph – the show has every other popular toy of those eras. Barbie, Slinky, GI Joe, Tonka trucks, Silly Putty, Hot Wheels – what a nostalgia tour!
The best part of the exhibit was probably the TV commercials, which were being looped on several old sets. Thankfully, Greg and I had the exhibit nearly to ourselves, because I started roaring with laughter when the Mystery Date Dud appeared! (Oops, sorry for the ear worm.) Ah, we were so easily amused back then (and apparently now, too).
I had a hard time deciding what to sketch, so I made a montage of three favorite icons – Troll, Cootie and Mr. Potato Head.
What was your favorite toy?