While doing some research for my historical novel WHEELS OF CHANGE, I came upon a site that listed the most popular toys and games at the turn of the 20th Century. Here it is:
Teddy Bear (1902)- in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt who, on a hunting trip, had an opportunity to kill a bear and didn’t.
2 Erector Set- invented by AC Gilbert, a gold medal Olympian in the 1908 Pole Vault.
3 Lionel Trains (1901)
4 Lincoln Logs (1916)
5 Raggedy Ann Doll
6 Radio Flyer Wagon (1917)
7 Tinker Toys (1914)
8 Crayola Crayons 8 pack (1903)
9 Tin Toys
Baseball Cards (1900) Ping Pong (1901) Jigsaw Puzzle (1909)
Other popular toys included: Snap Card Game, Playing cards, marbles, checkers, chess, yoyos, wooden tops, dolls.
After viewing this, I was struck by how - even in this technological age - many of the items are still enjoyed. And, many classic books from my own childhood still get read by today's children: Dr. Suess, Nancy Drew, Little Women, Ramona Quimby, Cinderella, Snow White, PeterPan, Robinson Crusoe, Winnie the Pooh. Isn't it nice to know that some things NEVER change?