The People History Other Thirties Sections
Home 1920's Home Homes Appliances Toys Autos Fashions Furniture Food Prices

Other Decades Toys Now Updated 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's


Unlike later decades, the choice of toys parents could buy for children was limited, so all popular 20s toys have been included on this page. It is fascinating looking at the cars which emulate the car models of the time and how most toys were wooden or steel as plastic did not exist. We have over close to 30 examples below with prices, descriptions and pictures covering the period from the early to the late Twenties, the range although limited is fascinating .


Popular Vintage Toys from the Twenties

Vintage Twenties Teddy Bear
Price: From 79 cents
Description This Teddy Bear is from an advert from 1920. Named after the United States President Theodore Roosevelt (whose nickname was "Teddy") following a cartoon where he refused to kill a tied up beaten black bear (1902). The following year, Morris Michtom (Ideal Novelty and Toy Co) wrote to the president asking for permission to market a (Teddy Bear) and was given permission, the rest as they say is history. However, there are disputes over the first "Teddy Bear" as it is believed that the Steiff firm in Germany, unaware of Michtom's bear, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs at around the same time.


Early U.S. Vintage Teddy Bear from the early 20s
Vintage 20s Tom Tinker Toy
Price: 59 cents
Description Made from smooth wooden balls threaded on strong chords.




Tom Tinker Toy



Bird Whistlers
Price: 3 for 19 cents
Description Fill your Bird with water Whistler and they make a sound like a canary.


Bird Whistles
20s Pedal Cars
Price: From $10.95
Description This offers an idea of the style of cars and trucks around at the time (I love these), they are all based loosely on cars and trucks from popular major car makers Cadillac, Lincoln and MAC truck. The more expensive, the better chain drive gearing used. I can only wonder what these would cost today as antiques if you could find a one in good condition.




Steel Vintage Pedal Cars from the 20s




Clock Work Train Set
Price: $5.95
Description Clock Work Train with 15 ft of track. The train itself was was 7 inches long and the carriages were 5 inches long, the train set was made by Bing Trains who also made an electric train set which ran through dry cell batteries or AC through transformer (cost of electric set and transformer was close to $20.00).


Vintage Clockwork Train Set
Columbia 3 Wheel Velocipedes
Price: From $8.98
Description Columbia 3 Wheel Velocipedes ( Tricycle ), features include bicycle bell, adjustable handle bars, padded leather saddle with coil springs, tubular steel frame, ball bearing wheels and bicycle spokes. Through to the late 50s the word Velocipede / Bicycle or Bike were used to describe human-powered vehicles with one or more wheels it very much depended on who the manufacturer was, towards the late 1950's Tricycle and Bike / Bicycle were used much more in advertising and now it would be hard to find an add for a Velocipede.




3 wheel velocipedes








Morse Code Telegraph Learning Set
Price: From $2.90
Description Morse Code Telegraph learning kit included everything to learn how to use Morse code and use the Telegraph. Radio and the Telegraph were changing communications and this was sold as a toy but was also bought by adults to learn the new technology


Vintage Twenties Morse Code Telegraph Learning Set
Tinker Construction kit
Price: From 63 cents to $1.75
Description Unlike the Erector construction kit which was based on thin steel and nuts and bolts, the Tinker Construction kit was based on wooden sticks and spools to build things, seems a shame they are not around today. Nearly 1/5 of all toys sold were construction kits of one kind or another making them as much for education as for play




Tinker Construction kit



Steel Bucket Crane
Price: 98 cents
Description Steel Toy Bucket Crane.


Steel Bucket Crane
Erector Set
Price: From 98 cents to $9.98
Description I was pleased to see this Erector Set from the early 20s, very few toys or manufacturers are around since that time, this is one of the few and tells you that child development and kids making things with their hands was as strong and important then as it is today. ( The vast difference in price between the steel sets and the wooden based sets offers an insight into the range of things each set could make because the steel was more versatile and longer lasting )




Erector Set



Flossy Flirt Doll
Price: From $1.98 to $4.98
Description Flossy Flirt Doll animated doll, says the words Ma Ma, rolling flirty eyes and she closes her eyes when she goes to sleep, sizes range from 14 inch high to 23 inches high.


Twenties Flossy Flirt Doll
Toy Cars
Price: From 39 cents
Description Cast Iron Cars for little boys to play with, provides hours of fun.




Cast Iron Cars



Weather Prophet
Price: 98 cents
Description Weather Prophet, I love this the description tells us that when the woman comes out the weather will be fine the next day and when the man comes out it will be bad weather, unsure how it worked as no barometer was mentioned with it's description.


Weather Prophet
Olympic Flyer Wagon
Price: $4.98
Description The Olympic Flyer Wagon, an all steel pull along Wagon, with red enamel, 33 inches long and 14 inches wide with pull along handle. If you watch any movie from the twenties, thirties or Forties that includes children playing some make of pull along wagon will be featured




Olympic Flyer Wagon



Gyroscope
Price: 19 cents
Description The Gyroscope Spinning Top a wonder of modern science, will spin while at any angle, I just checked and they are still sold on Amazon with little change from the original design.


The Gyroscope Spinning Top
Boys Hand Cars
Price: From $3.99
Description I looked at these first and tried to work out if they were push along, but when reading the description the children push and pull the handle with their hands which is connected to the rear axle to make them go along, and they use their feet to do the steering. Looks like a great fitness idea for our kids today.




Boys hand Cars from the 20s



Horse and Cart
Price: 89 cents
Description Horse and Cart, horse has moving legs just like a real horse, 18 inches X 6 inches


Horse and Cart
Boys Bike
Price: $15.98
Description What I found the most interesting was the strange design, with the small wheels and $5.00 more to include a rear wheel coaster brake suitable for ages 6 to 12 (hmm 12 year old boy speeding down a hill and no brakes unless you spent the extra $5.00).




1920's Boys Bike



Humpty Dumpty Circus
Price: $7.96
Description What a great gift, the circus includes Canvas Tent and Sawdust Ring, Circus Girl and Ringmaster, Brown Bear, Clown, Donkey, Elephant, Poodle, Dog, and Horse.


Twenties Humpty Dumpty Circus
Electric Shock Joke
Price: $1.98
Description Practical joke fun with a popular toy that dates back to the 20's, turn the handle and get your friends to pick up the two rods and get electric shock.




Electric Shock Joke



Magic Lantern
Price: $3.98
Description Magic Lantern includes 12 glass slides, Kerosene lamp, lamp chimney for the smoke, display your picture on a white sheet or wall. A short time ago, I was looking to buy one of these and the only ones I could find were from the early 30s and were electric instead of kerosene and were pretty expensive even though they were quite popular from the late 1800's through to the 30s, the glass slides were even harder to come by.


Twenties Magic Lantern
Marbles
Price: From 19 cents
Description As you can see the clay marbles at 150 for 19 cents were significantly cheaper than the imported glass marbles costing nearly 10 times as much for each marble.




Childrens Marbles



Musical Merry Go Round
Price: 79 cents
Description Wind up Musical Merry Go Round with horses and pigs carrying their riders while the music plays.


Wind up Musical Merry Go Round
Airplane Toy
Price: 87 cents
Description Wind up Airplane includes a Plane and an Air Ship.




Twenties Wind up Airplane



Boys Bicycle
Price: $15.75
Description Boys Bicycle with 14 1/2 inch steel frame, Triple Coil Saddle Springs, and Red enamel.


Boys Bicycle Red enamel
Riding Horse
Price: $2.98
Description Horses head and front wheels swivel for easy turning.




Riding Horse



Steam Roller and Tractor
Price: $4.98
Description Steam Roller and Tractor moves under its own steam.


Steam Roller and Tractor toy
Stick Horse
Price: 59 cents
Description Little Girls Stick Horse from the 1920s, not much to say except little girls still love them today nearly 100 years later and will still use the same words giddy up.




Little Girls Stick Horse



Swinging Horse
Price: $3.69
Description Once again a toy that has stood the test of time, safer and made from different materials but basically the same.


Swinging Horse