FAO Schwarz Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Historical Toy Exhibit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Take a trip down memory lane.

The FAO Schwarz store on Fifth Avenue is celebrating 150 years with a historical exhibit.

There’s a sales ledger from 1909, catalogs from 1927 to 1971 and of course, toys.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

There are 27 glass display cases spread throughout the store showing off familiar figures such as G.I. Joe, Mr. Potato Head, a Cabbage Patch kid.

Visitors can check out an original Steiff Teddy Bear from 1905, Monopoly from 1935, a Barbie doll from 1959 and an Easy-Bake Oven from 1964.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord (credit: Stan Brooks/1010 WINS)

“It’s cool and nostalgic to see things from my childhood and to know that these are some of the things that my parents played with, and their parents played with,” one man said.

“I love it, it’s just so interesting,” 14-year-old Kelly Tunney. “I love seeing all the toys from the past.”

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Original Barbie and Ken dolls (credit: Stan Brooks/1010 WINS)

The exhibit runs through April 10.

What was your favorite toy growing up? Let us know below…


One Comment

  1. Grillage says:

    No Erector sets????

    1. Steven Goodstein says:

      Yes! ERECTOR sets were very cool. They really challenged a kid to use their imagination. Too bad the parent company, A. C. Gilbert, crashed in the late 1960s. However, ERECTOR sets are being made today. Not sure if they are as elaborate as some of the old ones.

  2. Steven Goodstein says:

    My favorite toy growing up was not just one toy; it was my collection of Dinky Toys. Those cars, trucks, and busses allowed me to use my imagination as I created a small world to play in. They still bring me much pleasure when I look at them.

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