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1930s Popular Vintage Children's Toys with Prices, Descriptions and Images

Depression Era Toys on this page Balsa Wood Kits, Vintage Cadalac Coupe, Vintage Steel Truck, Plane and Airship, Lionel Electric Train Set, Studebaker Farm Wagon, Teddy Bears, Wind Up Train Set, Stereoscope, Stick Horse, BB Rifle, Bagatelle and many more from the 1930s

Following on from the twenties, because of the great depression you would expect the thirties choices to decrease. Surprisingly, they did not and new manufacturing methods combined with the growth of radio and the movie theaters, making house hold names of radio and movie stars, increased the range of toys kids wanted. It is also interesting seeing kids pedal cars reflect the streamlining of automobiles. As I researched the decade a few things stood out including the growth of Home Movie Projectors and the sale of Mickey Mouse films and how by the mid thirties many of the prices had dropped partly through cheaper manufacturing methods and partly because of the great depression.

Popular Toys in the Thirties

  • Amos and Andy Taxi From The 30's Radio Show

    Amos and Andy Taxi

    Price: 95 cents
    Description The Amos and Andy Taxi was popular because of the radio comedy series "Amos 'n' Andy" which ran nightly through the 30's, I included this first because it reflects how popular media began to influence what children played with from the early 30's right through to today.

  • 1930s Balsa Wood Plane Kits

    Balsa Wood Kits

    Price: From 83 cents
    Description These were ideal during the depression years as they provided a cheap fun idea to keep kids amused while allowing them to build something, the kits were fairly easy to assemble and anything to do with planes and flying was new and exiting to children.

  • Thirties Vintage Steel Cars

    Vintage Steel Truck, Plane and Airship

    Price: From $1.98
    Description Another example of value for money these were pretty large steel models over 2 ft long and look fairly well made, The Steel Truck, Plane and Airship all allowed children to use their imagination during play.

  • Cadalac Coupe from the Thirties

    Vintage Cadalac Coupe

    Price: 25 cents
    Description Cadalac Coupe, what I found strange with this was the way it was spelt unsure if spelling mistake on purpose or by accident.

  • 1930's Flossy Flirt Doll

    Flossy Flirt Doll

    Price: From $1.95
    Description Choose from a range of 4 sizes from 12 inches high to 22 inches high.




  • 1930s Lionel Electric Train Set

    Lionel Electric Train Set

    Price: $11.98
    Description Lionel Electric Train Set measures 36 inches long with 8 1/2 inch reversing locomotive with working headlights and three pullman cars. Track forms oval of 50 inches by 30 inches and runs on 10 colt battery of AC/DC Transformer. Lionel train sets were the most popular and well known and are quite collectable today, especially those from the 20s and 30s.

  •  Marx Plane

    Marx Flying Plane

    Price: 59 cents
    Description Lightweight, wind up, Marx Crash Proof Plane, takes off from the ground after a short run.

  • 30s Marx Tractor

    Marx Climbing Tractor

    Price: 59 cents
    Description Wind Up Marx Climbing Tractor will climb steep slopes and move over rocky ground just like a real tractor.

  • Thirties Weeden Steam Engine reversible horizontal type with electric or alcohol burning versions,

    Weeden Steam Engine

    Price: From $3.98
    Description These Steam Engines from the 20s and 30s were extremely popular, this is a great example from late in the thirties that offered it in alcohol burning or electric version. The alcohol burning steam engines had been around for quite some time and were $3.98 but the electric version was quite new and cost much more at $6.98. This Weeden Steam Engine was a reversible horizontal type engine with a whistle and throttle.

  • 30s Shirley Temple Doll

    Shirley Temple Doll

    Price: $1.98
    Description This Shirley Temple doll came with rolling eyes and curlers, Shirley Temple was every little girl's heroine and the cost included Shirley Temple book, movie badge and an autographed photo free with each doll.

  • 1937 Chrysler Pedal Car

    Chrysler Pedal Car

    Price: $10.69
    Description 1937 Chrysler Pedal Car includes Goggles and Helmet. If you have checked our 20's toy section where we included pedal cars from the 1920's the change in streamlining from the 20's to 30's reflects the change of auto design in just 10 years.

  • Service Station with electric lighting

    Service Station with electric lighting

    Price: $1.00
    Description Service Station with electric lighting on gas pumps and electric lighting under service platform.

  • 30s Vintage Rocking Horse

    Rocking Horse

    Price: $3.19
    Description Every little girl's dream present, a rocking horse 23 inches high and 37 inches long.

  • Depression Years Studebaker Farm Wagon

    Studebaker Farm Wagon

    Price: $12.95
    Description Studebaker Farm Wagon, more than 3 ft long and 18 inches wide. Studebaker originally built wagons and carriages but began making automobiles in the the late 1800's. During the 30's they made carriages and autos and only later changed over to auto manufacture only. Studebaker carriages were some of the most expensive on the market and they were known for attention to detail and Studebaker sold carriages and harnesses for the White House.

  • Vintage Teddy Bears from The early Thirties

    Teddy Bears

    Price: 98 cents
    Description Teddy Bears were popular in the 30s and sold in the millions, this is just an example.

  •  Popeye Express

    Popeye Express

    Price: 59 cents
    Description Another example where a character is made popular by the media. In this case, the popular Popeye Cartoons in newspapers and kids toys are made to meet the need with this wind up Popeye Express Popeye and his wheelbarrow.

  • Rolmonica

    Rolmonica

    Price: 79 cents
    Description This is one of the things I have never seen when wandering around antique stores and shows, it was a combination of a roll playing device similar to early phonographs and a harmonica, you turned the handle to play the roll and blew in to it like a harmonica to make the sound, I will definitely be keeping my eye open but I suspect they might be quite rare.

  • Wooden Snow Sled

    40 inch Wooden Snow Sled

    Price: $1.25
    Description 40 inch Winter King Wooden Snow Sled built super strong and designed for strength and speed.

  • Thirties Vintage Velocipede

    Velocipede or 3 Wheel Bike

    Price: $9.39
    Description Velocipedes or 3 wheel bicycles were popular not just for children but adults in the 1930s. They ranged in size from small all the way up to 24 inch wheels and this example includes all the latest modern features with ball bearing wheels, motorcycle saddle, horn, mud guards and the latest molded auto tread rubber tires.

  • 30s Wind Up Train Set

    Wind Up Train Set

    Price: $2.89
    Description Wind Up Train Set includes 50 ft of track, 3 carriages and a caboose.

  • Thirties Little Girls rocking horse

    Basic Design Rocking Horse

    Price: 77 cents
    Description Basic Design Rocking Horse

  • Fire Trucks

    Fire Trucks

    Price: From 59 cents
    Description Fire truck with extendable ladder and siren.

  • Stereoscope From The 1930s

    Stereoscope

    Price: 98 cents
    Description Hundreds of thousands of stereoscopes were sold and they are quite easy to find for sale, many in pretty good condition.

  • Stick Horse

    Stick Horse

    Price: 39 cents
    Description No decade would be complete without including a Stick Horse, here is an example from the 30s.

  • 25 cents Toys Range From 1934

    25 cents Toys Range From 1934

    Price: 25 cents
    Description Included for 25 cents were wind up cars, trucks and tractor, a wind up Popeye, wood blocks, holster and cap pistols, dial phone, gyroscope top and more.

  • Bagatelle Game

    Bagatelle Game

    Price: 79 cents
    Description Bagatelle Game with glass top to stop the balls coming out.

  • 1930's BB Rifle

    King BB Rifle

    Price: 59 cents
    Description King BB Rifle, whenever I see a BB gun I think of the movie "A Christmas Story (1983)" where Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun which was made by Daisy Outdoor Products and introduced in 1938.

  • Streamlined late 30s 3 wheel bike

    1937 Streamlined 3 Wheel Bike

    Price: $5.98
    Description As cars became more streamlined in the late 30's, children's play things including this example of a 3 wheel bike, known as streamliner, became popular. What is also interesting is the price, a similar bike with the more basic design cost less than half price.

  • Childrens Dial Typewriter

    Childrens Dial Typewriter

    Price: $1.98
    Description Childrens Dial Typewriter allows a child to type a letter all uppercase and takes 9 inch wide paper and includes a space bar.

  • Dolls using real human hair

    Dolls

    Price: From $1.39
    Description Dolls with real human hair that cry and sleep.

  • Thirties Dolls House

    Dolls House With All Furniture

    Price: $1.77
    Description Complete Dolls House and Furniture for 7 rooms. Has more than 40 pieces of furniture for kitchen, living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom and bathroom.

  • Lincoln Logs construction set from the 30s

    Lincoln Logs

    Price: 89 cents
    Description Build your very own log cabin with Lincoln Logs, 53 logs are included in this set.

  • 1930s Home Movie Projector

    Home Movie Projector

    Price: $4.69
    Description Home Movie Projector improved design to stop film burning. Home movies available include Mickey and Minnie, Tom Mix, Buster Keaton, Buck Rogers, Charlie Chaplin and many more for just 27 cents each.

  • Pedal Cars

    Pedal Cars

    Price: From $3.89
    Description Choice of 3 sturdy Pedal Cars starting at the basic sturdy red racer for $3.89 up to the super modern 46 inch car which includes electric lights, padded seat, horn, ball bearing steering gear for $13.95.

  • Flying Balsa Wood Plane from during the great depression

    Flying Balsa Wood Plane

    Price: 59 cents
    Description Flying Balsa Wood Plane, strong elastic band to wind up and makes it fly, when it crashes it falls to pieces but you can just put it back together and do it again.

Other example years Toys

From The 1920's

3 wheel velocipedes

Columbia 3 Wheel Velocipedes

Price: From $8.98

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.


From The 1950's

Vintage 1950s Pepsi Cola Truck Vintage 1950s Pepsi Cola Truck
Price $1.59
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.

From The 1980's

Transformers Optimus Prime

Transformers Optimus Prime

Transformers Optimus Prime
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Price: $26.99

Standing ten inches tall, Optimus Prime returns as Powermaster! Use the engine key to transform cab of truck into Optimus Prime, and change trailer into battle station with four powerful weapons. Then combine the trailer and cab into the ultimate transformation: Super Optimus Prime! Includes TechSpecs decoder, label sheet, and instructions.


From The 1990's

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Price: $89.99

A hand-held version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Features Tetris Game Pack, LCD dot-matrix game screen, and digital stereo sound with earphones for private play. Video Link cable hook-up allows two Game Boy systems to go head-to-head.