I decided to join in this challenge because this is a subject that really speaks to me. Naomi and I have many happy memories of our childhood. We often reminisce about how we would spend hours playing together or separately with our dolls, model cars, train set and other toys indoors or with bikes, scooters or skates outside. We were lucky to live in an age where children could go off to the park or their friends homes without having to have an organised “play date”.
As adults we treasure those times and we are fortunate to still have a few of our childhood toys. I collect dolls as I’m sure everyone knows, and Naomi collects toys. Some dolls, teddy bears, Matchbox cars, robots, puzzles and games and all kinds of things. She is always especially pleased to get hold of something that we once had as children. Recently she bought a big Compendium of Games, which as far as we can remember is the same one mum bought for us, with Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Tiddly Winks etc. Naomi also has some vintage wind up toys like the ones we had as children. A couple of years ago she found a dolls house almost the same as the one I had as a child, the Triang 61.
I guess that as we grow older and so many things change it’s just nice to have these reminders of simpler times but we also appreciate these old toys for their detail and workmanship. Tin litho dolls houses have beautiful graphics. Modern dolls clothes are nowhere near as well made and attractive as vintage Sindy and Barbie fashions, the Matchbox cars of yesteryear were sturdy and well made toys. Today I get a lot of pleasure not only from owning these things but from photographing and writing about them for our blogs.
Some people might laugh at us but we still love things like miniature railways and carousels as much as we did as children too.