The games we played

children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor, © janet giampietro

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If you’re interested in learning more about these vintage games and toys, they are for sale in my Etsy shop, the curious g VINTAGE GAMES + TOYS collection.

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The mementos of our childhood bring back fun memories and lots of smiles. When we rediscover a game or toy from our youth, the places and people associated with it spring to mind, along with the simplicity and joy of play.

Spring is around the corner and It’s cleaning time. That closet bursting with “stuff” needed my attention. I’m so happy that I dove in. Here’s a sampling of the vintage game-and-toy goodies contained within.

> Marx’s Three Keys to Treasure Bagatelle Pinball Game [circa early 1960s]

Three Keys to Treasure was one of my favorite games as a kid. I was pinball fanatic – not a wizard. I was pretty bad. But Three Keys combined pinball with a puzzle that you solve to win prizes instantly. Winning the charms was so much fun. And no penalty for tilting!

Three Keys to Treasure Bagatelle Pinball Game, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

Three Keys to Treasure Bagatelle Pinball Game, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

> Ideal’s Tip-It / The Wackiest Balancing Game [1965]

Tip-It was the game that I played over and over during the summer school break. I had a firm, steady hand – perfect for getting that bottom red disc free and not tipping the balancing man. Another favorite game among my friends. Isn’t the design of the game just so 60s?

Tip-It Game, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

Tip-It Game, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

> Milton Bradley’s Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Game [1969]

I used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows every day for years. I knew every character’s storyline. (Wanted to be Angelique so badly!) And most importantly – I knew the many ways to spot a vampire – and several ways to kill one. This vintage edition of Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Game was fun to play, especially in the dark, where the skeletons glowed.

Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Game, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows Game, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

> Mattel’s Fun Flowers / Mini-Dragon Thingmakers [1966-67]

Best toy ever! My Thingmaker sets sparked my creativity for years. I loved cooking the goop into colorful flowers, or making ropes of wacky dragons and spreading them all over the house. Can you imagine giving a 6 year-old a toy with a plug-in heater and a cooling tray now!? Jamais!

Thingmaker Fun Flowers, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

Thingmaker Mini-Dragons, children’s games, board games, vintage games and toys, entertainment, fun and humor,

Here’s incentive to clean house. You never know what goodies you’ll find. Happy Spring 2015!

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2 Responses to “The games we played”

  1. Emily Says:

    Loved this post, and your taste in childhood games and toys! Thanks for the memories.

  2. Janet Giampietro Says:

    Hello Emily:

    Thank you… and you’re welcome!

    janetg

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