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The Story of American Toys: From the Puritans to the Present

O'Brien, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0896599213 / ISBN 13: 9780896599215
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1990, 252 pages, 10 x 10, Hardcover with dustjacket in protected mylar cover (removable). Book & Dustjacket are in Very Good Condition. Book is completely intact with inside pages in Very Good condition with no tears and with no notations (no pencil marks, no underlining, no highlighting, etc.) EXCEPT pencil pricing & inventory code on top corner of second page. Bookseller Inventory # EXLG149

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Title: The Story of American Toys: From the ...

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Children in America were playing with tiny bows and arrows and miniature harpoons before the colonists came with their dolls and tin whistles. While author O'Brien magically evokes the wonder of toys in America, his primary aim is to tell the story of the individual craftsmen, innovators, and entrepreneurs behind all the toys--from rocking horses to Tinker Toys to Cabbage Patch Kids. 300 illustrations; 200 in full color. (252 pp.)

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In a capable, matter-of-fact history, O'Brien ( Collecting Toys ) surveys the playthings of three American centuries, beginning with the doll carried by young William Penn to Pennsylvania and concluding with the jowly Mr. Potato Head, manufactured by Hasbro and still popular in the 1980s. In between are Robert the Robot, a battery-run alien creature of the '50s; toy soldiers of successive eras; a charming miniature tin kitchen, circa 1880, from Asheville, N.C.; and the board game's mid-19th-century forebear, The Mansion of Happiness, an Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Amusement. A picture book designed with a jaunty vernacular rhythm, O'Brien's opus is also noteworthy for the curious stories he tells of toys' origins--for example, that of the teddy bear. Conceived by a shrewd Brooklyn, N.Y., toy store owner, the bear was modeled after a real-life cub whose cuddliness caught legendary hunter Teddy Roosevelt's eye. Not only was the cub's life saved, but its spirit--reincarnated in plush, fur and felt--was immortalized.
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