See all the Christmas toys you could get at the hardware store back in the ’70s

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Christmas toys from the hardware store back in the 70s (2)

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Sports & tabletop games

Tudor Play NFL Football, Ideal Big Action Games, Milton-Bradley New Pivot Pool, Aurora Skittle Pool

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Girl and baby dolls

Horsman Tammy Tears doll, Uneeda Jennifer doll, Ideas 2 lovable tots, Ideal Harmony Stars

Christmas toys from the hardware store back in the 70s (3)


Trucks and boys toys

Tonka Super Thrust Set, ERTL Ford Farm Set, Vertiberd Copter, Cool Cast Creatures

Christmas toys from the hardware store back in the 70s (1)


‘Play house’ toys

Talk to “Hi Dottie,” Brumberger Co Doll’s house, GE Deluxe Shoen ‘n Tell, ATF Toys Deacon’s Bench toy chest

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Activity toys

Westpoint 26″ lightweights 3-speed bicycles, Frederick-Willys Pool Table, Wonder Horse Mustang

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Do-it-yourself toys

Ideal Cake Maker Set, Gilbert Potterycraft, Big Jim Camper Set, Sculpt-Sure Craft

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Cars, trucks, and racing toys

Tyco H.O. Santa Fe, Aurora Rally 500, Skeeters, Big RRRumblers 

Hardware store Christmas presents from 1972 - Boys Life (4)


Sports games

ATF NFL Greats and Murno Hockey game

Hardware store Christmas presents from 1972 - Boys Life (1)


Bicycles

Irwin Chopper bike and Westpoint 20-inch bicycles

Hardware store Christmas presents from 1972 - Boys Life (2)


Boys’ car and truck toys

Hubley Hub Country, Hasbro Stick Shifter, Kenner’s SSP Derby, Matchbox Speed set

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One Response

  1. Hi there,

    I feel in love with a “Pirate Monkey” adjustable folding desk. Corkboard under the desktop logo or character. Steel(?)green legs. Made in China. I can’t find one like it online. Doesn’t look Disney to me. The legs are the same color as vintage Raggedy Ann/Andy desks. Top shows wear, but I still like him.

    Thanks so much,

    Heidi DeYoung

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