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1950s Popular Vintage Children's Toys with Prices, Descriptions and Images

Baby Boomer Era Toys on this page Deluxe Junior Steering Wheel, Alice in Wonderland Watch, Vintage 1950s Pepsi Cola Truck, Howdy Doody's TV Game, Mr. Potato Head, Giant Pan-Am Clipper Plane, Smokey Bear, Betsy McCall doll, Dick Tracy Siren Squad Car, Mickey Mouse Phonograph, Board Games, Revlon Fashion Dolls, Plastic Molding Machine with Play-Doh and many more from the 1950s

After the end of World War II and the beginning of the baby boom, the 1950's saw a dramatic increase in the amount and variety of toys for children. Girls options were somewhat limited to kitchen sets, baby dolls, or fashion dolls. While boys ranged from building sets to cowboys to space travel and other imaginative play type toys. You also start to see more expensive toys and more family type games that everyone can play. Picking only a few was a hard task, as I could easily have included 100 +, Because of the large number available I also created a page for each year

 
 

Deluxe Junior Steering Wheel

Deluxe Junior Steering Wheel Deluxe Junior Steering Wheel
Price: $2.79
Description Every youngster wants to help "drive" daddy's car. This 10-inch molded plastic wheel with rubber shaft lets a child do just that. Has three-position gearshift lever and horn that "beeps." Suction cup holds it firmly to any smooth surface.
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Vintage Deluxe Velocipede

Vintage Deluxe Velocipede Vintage Deluxe Velocipede
Price: $14.95
Description This sleekly styled velocipede has chrome-plated truss rods and adjustable handlebars. All three wheels have ball bearings, multiple spokes, and semi-pneumatic tires. It also has an adjustable spring saddle, molded rubber top, rubber grips, pedals, front mudguard, rear step plate, and it is enameled in maroon and white.

 
 

1950s Happi-Time Camera

1950s Happi-Time Camera 1950s Happi-Time Camera
Manufacturer: Happi-Time
Price: $1.59
Description Just center the subject in the viewfinder and snap the shutter to take a picture. Takes 12 pictures on standard 127 film.

 
 

Alice in Wonderland Watch

Alice in Wonderland Watch Alice in Wonderland Watch
Manufacturer: U.S. Time
Price: $7.65
Description It's Alice herself... just as she appears in Walt Disney's latest Technicolor movie... on the dial of an extra small watch! Gleaming, polished case is chrome plated with a stainless metal back. Dainty pink fabric strap contrasts with soft dial colors. Packed in a teacup of translucent plastic. Colorful Walt Disney gift box shows scenes of the March Hare's tea party.
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Vintage 1950s Pepsi Cola Truck

Vintage 1950s Pepsi Cola Truck Vintage 1950s Pepsi Cola Truck
Price: $1.59
Description Plastic replica of the latest model of Pepsi Cola delivery truck. Body has two shelves, holding six miniature dummy plastic cases of Pepsi Cola with molded-in bottles. Pepsi Cola markings on top of truck, also the familiar Pepsi Cola bottle cap at rear and sides.

 
 

Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage

Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage
Price: $2.67
Description Pretty bird trills a merry tune as he swings to and fro on perch. The cage has two feeding cups and a ring at the top for hanging.

 
 
 

Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment

Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment
Manufacturer: Caterpillar
Price: $2.98
Description Caterpillar earthmoving equipment has real working action. Three big pieces in yellow and black: caterpillar scraper, motor grader, and wagon with tractor.
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Howdy Doody's TV Game

Howdy Doody's TV Game Howdy Doody's TV Game
Price: $1.98
Description Howdy Doody's TV Game--a trip around his television studio. A fun-filled game for 2 to 4 players, 3 to 10 years old. Large 18x18" playing board, miniature of the TV studio.


 
 

Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head Mr. Potato Head
Price: $1.00
Description Mr. Potato Head, an unusual education toy, wonderful for young children. Use and fruit or vegetable to create amusing characters by merely changing the plastic features.


 
 

Toni Doll

Toni Doll Toni Doll
Manufacturer: Ideal
Price: $11.95, $13.95, $19.95
Description Toni doll made of all plastic with magic nylon wig that can be shampooed and play waved. Beautifully dressed. Comes with complete play wave kit. Choose from 14-inch, 16-inch, or 21-inch dolls.

 
 

Car of the Future

Car of the Future Car of the Future
Price: $1.73
Description A real streamlined beauty with sleek, low lines... a true car of the future! Powerful friction motor drives car forward or backward. Harmless sparks shoot from the big exhaust... car motor roars with power noise. Driver sits beneath plastic bubble canopy designed for perfect vision.
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Doctor and Nurse Kits

Doctor and Nurse Kits Doctor and Nurse Kits
Price: $1.69 each
Description Each kit comes with all the accessories that a little doctor or nurse might need including Kleenex, bandages, tongue depressors, and much more.

 
 

Giant Pan American Clipper

Giant Pan American Clipper Giant Pan American Clipper
Price: $3.19
Description Authentic replica of the famous Clipper Planes. Heavy silver-color steel. Four dummy motors with free-spinning propellers; dual wheels with tricycle landing gear. Loading ramp for passengers rolls up to door of the plane. Has detailed markings on the body and wings.

 
 

Smokey The Bear

Smokey The Bear Smokey Bear
Price: $4.89
Description Smokey.. authentic fire prevention bear! Made of rayon plush and cotton stuffed. Wears blue twill pants, felt hat, metal Ranger Badge, belt, and carries a plastic shovel. Comes with two Smokey window stickers and an application for membership in Junior Forest Rangers.

 
 

Betsy McCall Doll

Betsy McCall Doll Betsy McCall Doll
Manufacturer: Ideal
Price: $7.59
Description A true replica of the popular Betsy McCall doll to sew for. Her head is soft vinyl plastic; almost life-like. Delicate plastic body; fully jointed arms and legs, movable head. Sparkling glassene eyes close; edged with thick lashes. Saran hair to set, comb, and brush. Wears a perky cotton dress, panties, and shoes. Easy-to-sew apron pattern included.
From Our 1954 Toys Page
 
 

Dick Tracy Siren Squad Car

Dick Tracy Siren Squad Car Dick Tracy Siren Squad Car
Manufacturer: Marx
Price: $1.89
Description Siren wails, red light flashes as Dick Tracy speeds to the scene of the crime. Lithographed steel depicts Dick, Pat and Sam Catchem at windows. Front wheels adjust for circles or straightaway. Clockspring motor activates siren. Uses standard flashlight battery.

 
 

Farm Stake Tonka Truck

Farm Stake Tonka Truck Farm Stake Tonka Truck
Manufacturer: Tonka
Price: $3.98
Description Realistic in every detail... right down to its rear wheels with mud flaps! Small-fry farmers find it ideal to haul any load. The stake panels come out for the big jobs. Made of tough, heavy gauge metal.
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Life-Size Baby Doll

Life-Size Baby Doll Life-Size Baby Doll
Price: $4.85
Description An ideal doll to dress as you like. Soft-as-life latex body you can sponge clean. Pert face, molded hair of soft vinyl. Cotton stuffed and 26 inches tall. Wears rayon chemise and has go-to-sleep eyes.

 
 

Rocket Bicycle Headlight

Rocket Bicycle Headlight Rocket Bicycle Headlight
Manufacturer: J.C. Higgins
Price: $1.89
Description Flashy streamlined J.C. Higgins rocket jet headlight is completely new! It is ten inches long and has bright red translucent plastic jet. Headlight casts bright pinpoint beam. A great bicycle accessory.

 
 
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Electric Pin-Ball Game

Electric Pin-Ball Game Electric Pin-Ball Game
Manufacturer: T. Cohn
Price: $24.95
Description When ball strikes a bumper, lights flash, bells ring, score registers automatically on backboard. Hand kickers keep ball in play, score up to 100,000 points. Automatic loading with five steel balls.
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Lone Ranger Guitar

Lone Ranger Guitar Lone Ranger Guitar
Manufacturer: Jefferson
Price: $3.98
Description It's a large size, 6-string Guitar, decorated just like a cowboy's. Has a rich professional tone. With shoulder cord and instructions for playing, tuning.

 
 

Mickey Mouse Phonograph

Mickey Mouse Phonograph Mickey Mouse Phonograph
Manufacturer: Vanity Fair
Price: $9.95
Description Portable and battery operated. Safe for children. No wires, no plugs. Automatically starts and stops. Has Vani-tone Volume Control. Comes in official Mickey Mouse Club carrying case including batteries.

 
 

Milton Bradley Board Games

Milton Bradley Games Milton Bradley Games
Manufacturer: Milton Bradley
Price: 98 cents each
Description Choose from six fascinating games: Forest Friends, Annie Oakley, Mr. Bug, Treasure Island, Raggedy Ann or Sergeant Preston.

 
 

Captain Kangaroo Tasket Basket

Captain Kangaroo Tasket Basket Captain Kangaroo Tasket Basket
Manufacturer: Holgate
Price: $2.67
Description A treasure box of different shaped blocks that fit in shaped holes... helps to develop hand-eye coordination.
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Mighty Mouse

Mighty Mouse Mighty Mouse
Price: $3.67
Description This cheerful "defender of mistreated mice" is costumed in rayon satin and has a vinyl face. 15 inches high.

 
 

Dennis the Menace

Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace
Price: $4.39
Description This 14-inch tall cartoon character is all vinyl. He has a turning freckle-faced head and is dress in a cotton shirt, overalls, and molded vinyl shoes. His features are painted on.
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Disney Space Ship Set

Disney Space Ship Set Disney Space Ship Set
Manufacturer: Walt Disney
Price: $2.79
Description Three imaginative plastic models: 11-inch high "Rocket to the Moon"; 12-inch long RM-1 Rocket Ship with display stand; 8-inch high Space Station with stand. Cement and assembly instructions included.

 
 

Revlon Fashion Dolls

Revlon Fashion Dolls Revlon Fashion Dolls
Manufacturer: Ideal
Price: $6.97 - $17.79
Description Choose from a variety of sizes of these lovely grown-up dolls in their different fashions. The "Queen of Diamonds" is luxuriously dressed for the evening in a dress with a lamé bodice, lined velvet coat and lamé scarf, lace-trimmed sewn-in slip, panties, long nylon hose, high-heel shoes, and simulated rhinestone earrings, necklace and ring. The "Kissing Pink" fashion doll wears a print dress with net and ruffled crinoline, bodice with imitation rhinestones, lace-trimmed panties, nylon hose, high-heel shoes, and simulated pearl necklace and earrings. The "5th Avenue" doll wears a casual lounging ensemble of cotton blouse, slacks, high-heeled shoes, earrings, flower-spray, and a jacket of soft cotton fleece. Dolls range in size and price from 15-inch tall to 20-inch tall.

 
 

Zorro Official Guitar

Zorro Official Guitar Zorro Official Guitar
Price: $8.98
Description Beautifully decorated with your youngsters' favorite Television hero, Zorro, pictured in silhouette on his horse. His famous "Z" mark appears in two other positions on the face of the guitar, too. This is almost as large as a regular professional guitar, and includes a push-button attachment that simplifies playing; snaps over neck of guitar. Instruction song booklet. Constructed of sturdy plastic with nylon and wire strings. Has metal gear action tuning pegs.

 
 

Dick Clark Autograph Doll

Dick Clark Autograph Doll Dick Clark Autograph Doll
Price: $7.49
Description Teen-age idol... as a most alive-looking autograph doll. From vinyl head to stylish shoes he's an exciting autograph item for memorable occasions. Dick wears cotton poplin jacket, pants, vest, sewed-on shirt with cuffs and cuff links.
From Our 1959 Toys Page
 
 

Barbie Dolls

New Exiting Barbie Fashion Dolls Launched in March 1959 Barbie Dolls
Manufacturer: Mattel
Price: $1.29
Description These Images are from 1960, sorry could not find any from 1959 the year Barbie came out but thought I must include Barbie for 1959.

 
 

Little Miss Revlon

Little Miss Revlon Little Miss Revlon
Manufacturer: Ideal
Price: $2.67
Description As pretty as a fashion model! This easy-to-dress doll has jointed legs, turning waist... she can stand alone and pose. Beautiful rooted Saran hair can be combed, brushed and set. Vinyl plastic head and arms. "Magic-touch" vinyl body, feels like real skin. She's nicely groomed with painted fingernails and toenails. She wears shoes, lacy bra, panty-girdle and earrings. Other outfits can be bought separately. Choose from a doll with a pony tail or bobbed hair.

 
 

Plastic Molding Machine with Play-Doh

Plastic Molding Machine with Play-Doh Plastic Molding Machine with Play-Doh
Manufacturer: Play-Doh
Price: $2.97
Description A fascinating new device that turns out houses, trees, dogs, and more in non-toxic, colorful Play-Doh. Youngsters will love building their own villages and scenes. The Play-Doh can be used over and over if you keep it in the can. Make permanent objects too, by baking or allowing Play-Doh to dry at room temperature.