Archive for the 'Toy Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Did the U.S. Military Buy A Hundred Thousand Viewmasters During World War II?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The United States military purchased millions of View Master reels for training purposes during World War II. Sawyers’ Photo Services was founded in 1911. In 1926, Harold Graves was brought into […]

Were Lincoln Logs Not Actually Named After Abraham Lincoln?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Lincoln Logs were named after the middle name of the father of the inventor of Lincoln Logs. Lincoln Logs are a famous children’s toy that consists of miniature logs with notches […]

Did the 1970s Gas Crisis Cause the Demise of the Original G.I. Joe?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: The original line of G.I. Joe toys ended because of the 1970s gas crisis. G.I. Joe was a popular children’s doll (or “action figure”) who debuted in 1964. G.I. Joe was […]

Can Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe Never Be Depicted as Being a New York Yankees Fan?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: G.I. Joe‘s Snake Eyes cannot be depicted as being a fan of the New York Yankees. If you grew up in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s it is unlikely […]

Was Mr. Potato Head Nearly Just a Cereal Giveaway?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Mr. Potato Head quite nearly was “doomed” to simply being a cereal giveaway. In 1949, a toy developer named George Lerner came up with an idea that would go on to […]

Was John Tyler Playing Marbles When He Found Out He Was Now President?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: John Tyler was playing marbles when he was informed that President Harrison had died and Tyler was now President. Marbles have been a popular game for centuries, possibly even in the […]

Was Play-Doh Created as Wallpaper Cleaner?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about toys and whether they are true or false. TOY URBAN LEGEND: Play-Doh was created as and originally produced as wallpaper cleaner! It’s often fascinating to look back at every day life in, say, 1940, and see just how many products that were […]