This Vintage Fisher-Price Toy Museum Is All Nostalgia

There is a lot of ugliness in the world right now, especially for those of us in the United States who are approaching the worst elections in recent memory. (I’ve already voted, though, so someone please wake me up when this is over.) However, you don’t need me to remind you of the hatred and ignorance that is rife right now. No, you need me to distract you from this. So, here are some vintage Fisher-Price toys that will make you nostalgic for what we now understand was much easier – if not necessarily better – at times.

Fisher-Price created the Toy Museum Instagram account, which features the company’s favorite toys from every decade from the 1930s to the 2010s. Many of these toys are still in production today, albeit in a sleeker, more modern style. This is why it is interesting to see things like the original 1968 toy maker’s farm (although I must say this cow is cuter today ).

Other toys, such as the corn popper we all know and love, have barely changed as they were designed almost perfectly from the start, although the handle has admittedly been improved :

I was a kid in the 1980s, so it’s no surprise that my deepest and sweetest nostalgia came from one pair of yellow and blue plastic inline skates . And also this bad boy :

Of course, you can use this Instagram account as I did – a little bright escape from these dark times. But Lifehacker Associate Editor Jordan Calhoun has another possible use for this: “Scare your kids what toys were like at their age.” (Jordan himself has no children, but this statement shows his innate paternal potential.)

After you’re done scaring your kids and the like, you can also visit the Fisher-Price ” museum gift shop ” which has some kitschy gift ideas that pay homage to your favorite classic toys.

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