Exhibit Donors Toy History Active Toys Miniatures Vehicles Trains Construction Sets Board Games Dolls and Stuffed Animals Other Toys


Children have played with miniature versions of vehicles since ancient times. Toy sail boats, and wagons and carts pulled by animals were popular. Twentieth-century toys included tractors, trucks, boats, military vehicles, and trains. Die-cast metal toys and the first mass-produced airplanes and cars for young boys appeared in the 1920s. Tonka trucks made their first appearance in the 1940s.