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Toys and Games of Yesteryear Resource Set

The resource set includes additional sources to accompany the Primary Source Set and Lesson Ideas to help extend lessons and further student understanding. Primary Source Analysis Worksheets are available on the Elementary Primary Source Sets main page.


Globeville School Park Project

Globeville School Park Project, 1925 (Photograph)

Several children playing at an indoor park project at Globeville Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. Photo courtesy of the Denver Public Library.

Puppet Project at Wyman Elementary School, 1937

Puppet Project at Wyman School, 1937 (Photograph)

Six students from Wyman Elementary School demonstrate the puppets they have created. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library.

Frank Palmeri Sitting in his Toy Car, ~ 1930-1935 (Photograph)

Frank Palmeri sitting in his toy car outside on the sidewalk, in the background is a picket fence with corn stalks behind the fence.


Pull Toy – “Tinker Dogs”, 1925 - 1935

Pull Toy – “Tinker Dogs”, 1925 - 1935 (Image)

Three dogs with bullet-shape bodies, leather tails, leather around eyes. Moving in tandem when pulled by string attached to middle steel frame.  Courtesy of History Colorado.

A Set of Jacks, circa 1920-1950

A Set of Jacks, circa 1920-1950 (Image)

This set of jacks includes 18 jacks, a crocheted bag, and a rubber ball.  Courtesy of History Colorado.

Carromm Board Game, circa 1900

Carromm Board Game, circa 1900 (Image)

Carromm was developed by an educator in the late 1800's because he was unhappy with young men hanging around pool halls.  Courtesy of History Colorado.


Arapaho  Doll, 1920s

Arapaho  Doll, 1920s (Image)

Created between 1920-1923 by Mrs. Sleeping Bear (an Arapaho Native American) on the Wind River Reservation in Hot Springs County, Wyoming.  It is made of hide, cotton cloth, glass beads, and horsehair.  It is sewn and stuffed and then stitched with beadwork.  From the National Museum of the American Indian.

Ute Female Doll, circa 1900 - 1920

Ute Female Doll, circa 1900 - 1920 (Image)

Created between 1900-1920 and was sewn, stuffed, and stitched with beadwork.  It is made of cotton and wool cloth, hide, horsehair, glass and metal beads.  From the National Museum of the American Indian.

Lakota Doll, 1850s

Lakota Doll, 1850s (Image)

A Lakota doll created between 1850-1860.  It is made of wood, cotton cloth, and horsehair.  It is carved with sewn clothes. From the National Museum of the American Indian.


Toy Truck, 1930

Toy Truck, 1930 (Image)

Metal die cut delivery truck toy with functioning wheels and sturdy, stable metal frame. The body of the truck is painted red with silver grill and silver wheels. The truck bed is painted yellow with blue/black inscription "WhiteKing Delivery" on both outer sides of truck bed. Courtesy of History Colorado.

Victorian Doll, 1770

Victorian Doll, 1770 (Image)

This is a doll or “babies” as they might be referred made of wood and covered in a fine layer of plaster and painted. Her wig is made of human hair, and her eyes are made of glass or porcelain.  Her gown is made of silk.  

Toy Advertisement, 1965

Toy Advertisement, 1965 (Newspaper)

An advertisement for toys from the Douglas County News, December 9, 1965.  Courtesy of Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

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