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10 Classic Toys And Their Surprising Histories

  First Posted: 12/27/2011 11:41 am Updated: 01/10/2012 12:30 pm

By Casey Mullins

There are some toys that just seem to stand the test of time. Toys that I played with as a little girl that are now popular with my little girl. Toys that my own parents played with and still have tucked away in a basement. Some of the most popular toys were complete accidents while others have a history that includes war and possible racism.

Think you are up on classic toy history? Check out these 10 classic playthings and see.

I'm happy to say I have played with every toy on this list. Addie has played with more than half (sorry love, but if you want to play with silly string you’re going to have to do it at another house.) Lincoln Logs have the same familiar wooden scent as they did 22 years ago, Slinkys still make that magical sound as they walk down stairs, there’s still nothing better than opening a fresh box of crayons and hula hoops have become my favorite way to exercise.

Proof that classics never die.

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Lincoln Logs
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Lincoln Logs were originally introduced in 1916 after Frank Lloyd Wright's son, John Lloyd Wright observed the unique construction style of the Imperial Palace Hotel in Tokyo. The logs are named after President Abraham Lincoln and original sets included instructions on how to build Lincoln's cabin as well as instructions to assemble Uncle Tom's Cabin.