Do kids even play in the backyard today? They seem to prefer playing computer games?
I don't remember my grandmother ever talking about toys. In her writing she does not talk about her childhood, except her 6 years at school and when she writes "You weren't allowed to kill roos in those days, but no one said you couldn't chase them and it was great fun". It seems that most of Gran's "play" time was with the animals on the farm. Gran had to grow up quickly as she left school young to help out her mother around the home.
Eva Pilgrim (age 8) on the farm
Many of you would have seen the photo below previously, but it is a wonderful example of the toys of days gone by.
|Christmas Day 1928|
Margaret Mayberry and Lorna Pilgrim (Grand Aunt)
Notice below the ripped pants on the boy on the left and the short pants of the other two boys. My grandmother wrote; "In Horsham, Thursday was pay day and also remnant day and I nearly dressed the nips on remnants. I could manage the lining and pop hole on the boys pants, but hanged if I could manage the fly. Those day boys wore shorts pants till about 13 or 14. It saved mending"
|1940 - Horsham|
John Clark, Don Scott (Uncle), Gwenda Clark, Des Malone, Jean Scott (Aunt)
This got me thinking about the toys that I liked to play with. I had a Sindy doll, but was secretly disappointed that "Santa" did not bring me a Barbie. My favourite doll was "Lisa", It was a big thing that her eyes blinked. I made her so many clothes. I remember that I made her a Guide Uniform and received a badge for my efforts. I think that I still have Lisa and some of her clothes including her Guide Uniform packed away in a box.
The Swing set below was made by a friend of my fathers. The seat was wooden, with metal edges. It hurt if you stepped in front of it when someone was swinging! You only walked close to someone swinging once and were very careful thereafter!
My father repainted the swing set and and replaced the seat with a plastic one for my kids when they were little. They loved it as much as I did. It then went to my sisters kids.
|1971 - Kyneton|
My sister and I with a family friend in the backyard
|1974 - Stratford|
My sisters, brother & I playing in the backyard.
I am the taller one with my back turned
My daughters loved her Barbies. My husband made the dolls house below from a kids wardrobe. Danielle spent hours playing with it.
My son loved his Toy Story toys and Lego. Then his Uncle introduced him to Super Mario and as a 19 year old, he is still playing computer games (Xbox)! Unfortunately, I can't locate a photo quickly.
What was your favourite toy?
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