My Collections: ’60s and ’70s miniature toys
Here are just some of the slightly weird and fairly wonderful things that have been collected over the years by my family during the ’60s and ’70s.
This rather motley collection of miniature vintage plastic toys had been kept in an old orange ice-cream container for over 40 years, and it had been long forgotten when I rescued it from the back of the wardrobe when I moved out of home around 20 years ago.
Being a nostalgic soul with an eye for retro plastic treasure, I squirreled it away in a box with my other childhood toys, and some choice items have only recently found a new home in my five-year-old son’s room.
The toys have fairly non-specific origins, but mum does remember buying the tiny figurines when my family was living in the UK at various times in the ’60s and ’70s. Some toys may have been prizes from cereal boxes, Christmas crackers or lucky dips.
My favourites? The Kiss comb, obviously. And the dinky souvenir camera has always been very special.
Want to see more stuff I collect? You might like to check out my vintage badge collection; my ‘80s novelty eraser collection; or my collection of historical finds from the banks of the Thames.
Tell me: does anything look familiar to you in my collection? Tell me about it!