Archive for the 'Toy Urban Legends Revealed' Category

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 [...]