When you have older than old toys, but they aren’t quite an antique; what do you call yourself when these toys are as old as you are? OK…DON’T ANSWER THAT QUESTION because I’m talking about my own childhood toys! I can remember years ago hearing that anything over 50 years old was considered an antique. Well whether that was true then or not doesn’t really matter because today an antique is anything at least 100 years old; and vintage is anything over 20 years old.
“You don’t remember the moment you grew up…It happened while you were sleeping, one night between the day we played…and the day we never played again.” ~Unknown
The other day when I shared my new white barn canvas, did you happen to notice what was under the cloche? I know I wrote a little about this in this blog post, but I never took them out to actually show you.
My mother told me this had been one of my baby rattles, and for some reason she saved it. I don’t know if the others broke or were in such tough shape that she may have thrown them all out. But surprisingly, all the little bells stayed on. Something tells me this would not be approved for babies today!
Plus, it’s a hard plastic! If you accidentally smacked yourself with it, a big ouch and then the tears would start rolling.
Supposedly this was my first doll, although I have no recollection of it. To be honest, I think it looks a lot older than I am, like it could have been my mother’s or grandmother’s doll. If any vintage or antique collector has any ideas, based on the design of the fabric and style, I’d love to hear your comments about it.
I also received this Emmett Kelly doll, Willie The Clown, when I was little. Obviously he got a bit dirty over the years and his shoes have come apart; but I played around online and did find some similar ones.
And then there’s my childhood musical rocking chair. Somewhere along the way, the musical box and rockers disappeared.
Yup, that’s me sitting in my chair at 14.5 months old!
I’d love to hear if you still have any of your old, vintage toys or antique toys that belong in your family?
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