Toys and American Culture: An Encyclopedia

Greenwood, 2010 - 418 páginas

Tracing developments in toy making and marketing across the evolving landscape of the 20th century, this encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference guide to America's most popular playthings and the culture to which they belong.

From the origins of favorite playthings to their associations with events and activities, the study of a nation's toys reveals the hopes, goals, values, and priorities of its people. Toys have influenced the science, art, and religion of the United States, and have contributed to the development of business, politics, and medicine. Toys and American Culture: An Encyclopedia documents America's shifting cultural values as they are embedded within and transmitted by the nation's favorite playthings.

Alphabetically arranged entries trace developments in toy making and toy marketing across the evolving landscape of 20th-century America. In addition to discussing the history of America's most influential toys, the book contains specific entries on the individuals, organizations, companies, and publications that gave shape to America's culture of play from 1900 to 2000. Toys from the two decades that frame the 20th century are also included, as bridges to the fascinating past--and the inspiring future--of American toys.

  • Nearly 200 alphabetically arranged entries document the historical and cultural significance of toys
  • Cross-references and a listing of additional resources accompany each entry and encourage further investigation
  • Photographs and illustrations gathered from public and private collections across the country depict the entire century of America at play
  • A guide to related topics identifies the entries according to broader categories such as toys, designers, companies, museums, events, and organizations
  • A resource guide provides information for contacting American toy companies, accessing national toy museums, and attending annual toy festivals, and offers many avenues for pursuing further information about toys and American culture including books, scholarly journals, audio recordings, films, and websites

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This is a fantastic and factual book. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. It brought back memories of my childhood with the stories of how our most popular and lasting toys were developed and marketed. I absolutely loved reading about the history of toys and how they related to the major events in history. I loaned my book to several of my friends and had a hard time getting it back because their kids wanted to read it also! A definite 5 star rating. 

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This is a great book, well wriitten highly entertaining and interesting. It provides a different aspect on toys and the culture of the time. Factually correct and well researched. it is an important contribution to the history of the invention and marketing of American toys.

Acerca del autor (2010)

Sharon Scott is an author and toy enthusiast whose work on American popular culture has been published by Greenwood Press, Golson Media, and ABC/Discovery News.

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