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See the vintage Magic Slate paper saver toys that almost every kid used to have – with characters like Donald Duck, The Incredible Hulk, Tom & Jerry and more

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Vintage magic slate toys Donald Duck, Huckleberry Hound and Tom and Jerry
Think of them like a really low-tech tablet — you could draw and then erase… and do it over and over.

These little “Magic Slate” toys have been popular since the 1950s, really hitting their stride in the ’70s and ’80s.

The concept was simple: They had a sheet of slightly opaque plastic film overlaid on a piece of black paper that was covered in wax. When the included writing stylus (made of plastic or wood) was pressed down on the plastic to write, the film stuck to the wax and the “paper” looked darker in those spots.

To erase the page, you lifted the sheet to separate it from the wax then let it go back into position. Then you had a clean slate, and could start all over again — with no charging cord needed.

If you must try these Magic Slate toys again, several retro and new models are available on eBay and Amazon!


Hours of fun for youngsters (1970)

Magic Slate pads will delight every young child. Colorful characters surround the drawing surface, which can be used over and over. Complete with plastic stylus for easy writing or drawing.

Vintage magic slate toys Donald Duck, Huckleberry Hound and Tom and Jerry

Vintage Magic Slate paper saver toys: Donald Duck (1980s)

Vintage Donald Duck magic slate toy (1980s)


Magic Slate paper saver toys:Mr  Jinks from Huckleberry Hound (1959)

Magic slate pad – use over and over again! Children draw and write, then lift top sheet and see… a “new” surface again! Has an assortment of activity charts.

Vintage toy - Magic Slate 1959 - Mr Jinks Huckleberry Hound


Vintage magic slate toys: “The Incredible Hulk (1981)

Fun for a kiddie in a hospital, a help to anyone who’s had a jaw broken or suffered a massive attack on his wisdom teeth, could be this “Magic Slate.” You write your message on it, pull it straight up to wipe out your words forever. It’s fine for playing endless bedside games of tic-tac-toe. (1977)

The Incredible Hulk Magic Slate vintage toy from 1981 - Marvel


Magic Slate paper saver toys: Star Trek (1978)

Magic Slate Pads have delighted young children for generations

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Vintage magic slate toys: Tom and Jerry (1972)

Vintage toy - Magic Slate 1972 - Tom and Jerry

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  1. My mother always got me one of these when I would come home sick from that virus while my father went and got me some Ginger Ale. It made the recovery go very well

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