Timeless Toys by Tim Walsh

Oh wow – this book is like a step back in time… suddenly I was filled with wonderful memories of childhood toys and games and the friends that gathered around them!  ~  Sheila


We all had a favorite toy or game growing up.  Those toys usually have memories attached to them… bringing up an image to said toy can bring along with it memories of our youth, the home we played with them in as well as the people who were a part of this time.

Arranged in chronological order, this book is a delight for any one – any age.   As I looked through this book I was filled with nostalgia, for games such as Candy Land, Slinky, Silly Putty…

Each game/toy has the year it was originally made, the packaging as it changed through the years, and it’s creator.  I enjoyed reading this book literally page by page absorbing all the facts behind my favorites and seein g the brilliance that was behind favorites like Scrabble:


Alfred Butts

Alfred Butts was the creator of Scrabble (originally called Lexico (1931-1938) and the n Criss-Cross(1938-1947).  In1931 Butts made sets of this game by hand and sold them to friends and acquaintances.  More significantly, he tried to license his creation with Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers and both rejected him. Butts assigned each letter a face value based on its occurrence in every day language.  He gave the Q and Z 10 point values.  By using this criteria there should have been more S’s in the game than Butt’s had introduced, but he correctly surmised that the game would be too unbalanced if easy points were often scored by pluralizing.  He shrewdly added two blank tiles, which could be used for any letter the player wanted.  By 1953, to fill the demand, 150,000 Scrabble tiles were made daily.

This book is a true treasure that I will keep on my bookshelf for reference for years to come.  My whole family enjoyed looking through this book and sharing facts on our favorites and I am sure yours will too!

Erector Set

Sea Monkeys

My Amazon Review

I received my review copy of this book from author Tim Walsh

About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Want To Be Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on December 28, 2009, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Huh. What an interesting idea for a book. I think it’s something my dad would like.

  2. It surprises me to still see so many of my childhood favorites on the shelves. Two of my oldest fav toys were Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys and my daughter loved Candy Land. Sounds like a fun book!

  3. This sounds like a super cool book…one that I would put out on a coffee table! (Not that I have one of those!) I love old toys and miss many of them!

    • Julie J this is exactly that kind of book. It is so big and beautiful. My son and I had a great time looking through it again last night and talking about the original use for Play Do and laughing at the first tokens used in a Candy Land game.

  4. Oh, I have to get this book for my brother! He collects old games from ebay! (We had a blast as kids playing with Candy Land, Monopoly, Life, Clue, Operation….so many good memories!) Thank you for this!

  5. Fantastic book, it’s like reliving your childhood over again. Lincoln Logs were my absolute favorite growing up and they just aren’t the same anymore.

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