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1. The early 1900s were a time where many new technological marvels were being developed (the automobile, the airplane), but the big toy fad of the decade was anything but technological. Named for the sitting president, what toy, still popular today, first hit the shelves in that decade?
2. Invented by A.C. Gilbert in 1913, this building toy was extremely popular in the 1910s and for decades beyond that.
3. The origins of this toy, popular in the late 1920s, date back to ca. 500 B.C.E. Greek culture. An 1866 U.S. patent was filed for "...an improved construction of the toy, commonly called a bandelore...". The ________ Manufacturing Company was opened in California in 1928, and by November of 1929, it and two additional factories were producing 300,000 units per day. What toy?
4. Little girls loved having a little more realism with their dolls in 1935 when the Ideal Toy Company released a doll that could wet herself. What was her name?
5. After his work gave him the idea, naval mechanical engineer Richard James developed a toy and established the James Spring & Wire Company in 1945 to produce it. What toy?
6. It was created by accident during World War II when the U.S. government was trying to develop a rubber substitute. It became popular as a 'toy' in the 1950s. What was it called?
7. Originally named L'Ecran Magique by its creator André Cassagnes, this popular '60s toy became known by what name in North America?
8. April, 1975... Hearing his friends complain about their pets, Gary Dahl came up with an alternative pet that people wouldn't have to feed, take for walks, bathe, or have hair to deal with, and it would not get sick or die, nor would it ever be disobedient." What did he call it?
9. Invented in 1974, this toy won the German Game of the Year for Best Puzzle in 1980 and by January of '81 had sold 350 million units. It came complete with six colors and quintillions of permutations. What was it?
10. In 1996, Akihiro Yokoi of WiZ and Aki Maita of Bandai released a digital toy whose name translated as "egg watch." Appropriately egg-shaped, what was the name of this toy?
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