Product Details:

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Collector's Guide Pub; (August 2003)
ISBN: 1896522750


$ 19.95 USA funds (currency converter)


GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST - a time machine through years gone ... is the third in my series of books about vintage toys. This book is chalk full of pictures of those great toys from the 1960, 1970's and early 1980's. The photos will bring back many memories of those old department store Christmas catalogue wish books. This is a MUST HAVE for any and all who fondly remembers the 60's and 70's toy era. Full of pictures and interesting facts it will be a pleasure to read and bring back many fun filled days as a youth. The 60's saw the toy market dominated by ten major players. Names that bring back memories of fantastic and imaginative toys are Marx, Ideal, Mattel and Remco. Those and many more companies like Transogram and Kenner, Gilbert and Eldon all made their mark. For children growing up during that turbulent post-baby boom era the media attack through television and radio had an ever-changing influence. Slick media advertising brought change and wealth to the few fortunate toy companies, the winners gained wealth beyond belief while the losers were relegated to discount purgatory at the "fine and dime". Saturday morning commercials jammed the airwaves both live action and cartoons. Land of the Giants, Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Lost in Space. Who could forget GI Joe, Malibu Barbie, Sizzlers, Hot wheels, Crash-up Durby, SSP's, Kurplunk and the Easy Bake Oven. Parents inundated with persistent begs, pleads and pouts from the new powerhouse consumers, the kids, wanted it all. The Malibu apartment and 747 Jumbo Barbie Jet, Jamie Sommers, Steve Austin, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and the original Charlie's Angels. Read about it all here, the ups and downs of the movie stars, the toys, see the wish books and be a child again. Thirty-five years have passed since television advertising came into its own and those children, "baby boomers" are now nearing there forth decade. We have grown up but not outgrown our fascination with our childhood playthings. The toys of this era were fanciful and hold memories of a simpler time. They rarely spoke, changed colour and didn't operate by way of sophisticated computer chips. To the new generation they seem archaic but they mark for us, the post baby boomers a special time in our lives and our innocent childhoods.


Great book, lots of fun to re-live those memories of yesteryear...

The book is a high quality production with full color pages. It's a very comprehensive collector's guide. It's a good book for collectors, or for just reminiscing on the toys of one's childhood. Good Work Jim!

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