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  Free Toy Making Books (.pdfs)

Home-Made Toys 1915
Toys & Toymaking 1882
Girl's Own Toy-Maker 1860
Boy's Own Toy-Maker 1859

Children's Toys 1877

  Free Model Building Books

Model Aeroplanes Cavanagh 1916
Model Aeroplanes (2nd) Collins 1911
Model Aeroplanes (1st) Collins 1910
Model Aeroplaning 1910

Model Locomotive Design Greenly 1904
Model Engineer's Handbook Hasluck 1902
Model Engines & Small Boats 1898
Building Model Yachts Biddle 1883
Model Yachts & Boats 1887
Building Model Yachts Walton 1880
Model Dockyard Handbook Lawrence 1867

Things Worth Making Williams 1920
Model Making Yates 1919
Mechanical Models Stout 1916
Canoe & Boat Building Stephens 1885

Boy's Workshop Kelland 1914
The Boy Mechanic Pop Mech 1913
Beginner's Woodworking Wheeler 1907
Boy's Playbook of Science 1869

  Free Kite Making Books

Kitecraft & Kite Tournaments Miller 1915
Kite Mechanics Marvin 1897
How to Make Kites Varney 1897

  Free Doll Books

The Doll Book Starr 1908

  Free Handicraft Books

Handicraft for Handy Girls Hall 1916
Handicraft for Girls McGlauflin 1910

Clay Modeling Hildreth 1892
Modeling in Clay 1880

Manual of Play Forbush 1914
Cassel's Sports & Pasttimes 1896

  Free Picture Books

Mother Earth's Children Gordon 1914
Vege-Men's Revenge Upton 1897
Golliwog in Holland Upton 1904

Online Book Search Engines
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Willygoat Toyland sells toys of all kinds, including swingsets, ride-on vehicles, trampolines, game tables, building blocks, wooden playsets, toy trains, stuffed animals, RC cars, and much more.

Amazon.com Toys and Games department carries top selling toys, action figures, activities and learning toys, arts and crafts materials, baby toys, toy blocks, gears and models, dolls, games and puzzles, stuffed animals and stuffed toys, toy vehicles, ride-on toys, and die-cast models, and basic and traditional toys. You can use this Amazon.com search form for toy search, or to search any of their other fine stores.

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  "Smart" Toys, Educational Toys

The Scholastic Store is the largest publisher and distributor of children's books. Scholastic’s most popular titles include Harry Potter and The Magic School Bus. The Scholastic Store Online also sells toys and games you’ll find only at Scholastic Inc.

  Classic Toys

Crayola.com and SillyPutty.com sell all-time classics that no kid can do without, direct from the manufacturer.

TIME Magazine, October 26, 1962, p. 90:

All's Swell at Mattel
    In 1945 a Los Angeles industrial designer who had gone into the picture-frame business found himself with a lot of extra frame slats and decided to make doll furniture with them. Thanks to the doll furniture, Elliot Handler and his wife Ruth cleared $30,000 on sales of $100,000 that year. The Handlers have never quite matched that profit margin, but in the 17 years since then their Mattel, Inc. has joined the front rank of U.S. toymakers. Last year Mattel earned $4,000,000 on sales of $49,400,000...
    Mattel gives much of the credit to saturation selling on TV. In 1955, Mattel, still a fledgling firm with annual sales of only $6,000,000, decided to move into toy burp guns...
    Mattel's Mickey Mouse Club advertising, which plugged the Mattel name as hard as the burp gun, has revolutionized the $2-billion-a-year U.S. toy industry. Previously, toy companies spent most of their ad budget in the Christmas season and concentrated on selling individual items. Today, top companies advertise year-round on TV, and accent the brand name. Mattel, with a 1962 advertising budget of $5,700,000, still plugs harder than anybody else.

    The Built-in Whinny. To back up their advertising ("You Can Tell It's Mattel-- It's Swell"), the Handlers aim for well-made, moderately priced toys. One Mattel innovation was a mass-produced music-box mechanism that has now gone into 60 million toys ranging from guitars to lullaby cribs. Another gold mine: a miniature voice recording that stands rough handling, allows Mattel's Chatty Cathy doll to speak eleven phrases and a $48 rocking horse to whinny.
    Mattel's biggest success has been the Barbie doll, a more or less scale model of a busty teen-ager which appeals to little girls because it looks "grown up" and to their parents because it is inexpensive. Made in Japan to save on labor costs, the Barbie doll (which now has a boy friend named Ken) is priced at $3 retail and has become, according to Ruth Handler, "the greatest phenomenon that has ever hit the toy business." Mattel also offers separately a Barbie wardrobe ranging from lingerie up to a $5 wedding gown.
    ...Husband and wife aspire to make Mattel the world's biggest toymaker; this year, if their sales hit $80 million as expected, they will achieve their goal and surpass longtime industry leader Louis Marx...

    At Mattel's Los Angeles factory, a staff of 200 toy developers, including chemists, sculptors and engineers, tinker behind locked doors on an annual research budget of $1,500,000. Currently, the company has 17 new toy "principles" ready to employ in a variety of toys. Exults Jack Ryan, a one-time missile engineer who heads Mattel's R. & D. department: "We're right out on the frontier of technology."

 
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