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OHA is calling for 1960's toys

OHA's last Christmas holiday exhibit, Toys From Your Childhood: The Nifty Fifties, was a hit. The exhibit featured about 100 toys, games, book, and building sets from the 1950s and was on display from late Nov. 2008 through mid Jan. 2009. Guests visiting the museum could relive their childhoods with Howdy Doody, Game of the States, Cootie, Shirley Temple and Betsy McCall, Cherry Ames, American Logs, Erector Set and many other toys and games. The exhibit also featured vintage photographs of shopping in downtown Syracuse and the famous rocket ride at E.W. Edwards Dept. Store annex. The exhibit was so popular that people are still coming to the museum asking if they can still see it.

Building upon the success of the Nifty Fifties, OHA will continue this holiday season by presenting Toys From Your Childhood: The Psychedelic Sixties! They would like to fill their second floor exhibit gallery with quintessential toys from the 1960s: Creepy Crawler, G.I. Joe, Twister, Clue, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Barbie (and her siblings) and Ken, Hands Down, Battleship, Mystery Date, Super Ball, Chatty Cathy, Mrs. Beasley, Easy Bake Oven, Mousetrap, Operation, and many other toys, games, books, etc. Do you have any of these 1960s toys or games up in your attic? Would you like to share them with other Baby Boomers from the '60s for this exhibit? Ask your friends and relatives if they have any of these items. Then let the OHA know what you have and if you're willing to lend them to OHA for the Psychedelic Sixties toy exhibit.

OHA already have a Mr. Ed hand puppet complete with voice box and pull string. Help the OHA create another wonderful and popular vintage toy exhibit that will bring back fond memories in 2009-2010. The exhibit is scheduled to run from Nov. 1 to Jan. 17, 2010.

If you have 1960s toys, games, books, etc. contact Tom Hunter at 428-1864, ext. 320 or Thomas.hunter@cnyhistory.org.

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