Want to see more? Of COURSE you do! Take a gander below at what the other 'must have' '58 items were below:
Surprisingly, the one toy that WASN'T featured was the one that became the craze of the year. It was first seen in the wilds of Australia in '57, then mass marketed by WHAM-O to American kids in '58. The Strong National Museum Of Play website has the whole story. My favorite line from the report? 'Factoyd: Japanese officials banned public Hula Hooping in the 1950s, believing it incited impropriety.' Read on about the (Tasmanian) Devil's Hip Hurler below:
Don't believe me what a juggernaut hula hoops were? No other toy up to this time had such an avalanche of competitions, TV appearances and records galore. For the whole story of these spinning platters (the records, not the hoops), check out the Music Weird link here:
We'll end today's entry with a look at the first (AND BEST) of this years' UK holiday ads. Back in 2019, John Lewis won that contest with Excitable Edgar - for a refresher on him, click here:
We wrap up the '50s tomorrow with a look at 1959 - don't miss it!