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Each game/toy has the year it was originally made, the packaging as it changed through the years, and it’s creator.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 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!
I received my review copy of this book from author Tim Walsh