Toys of the Victorian era

Kimberly By Kimberly, 10th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Toys that were popular with children of the Victorian era.

Toys of the Victorian era

Victorian Children had less toys then children of today, but they all made the best of what they had. As the industrial revolution really began to change the way of life for many people, toys were becoming increasingly popular during Victorian Era.

The poorer lower class families would have had to make their toys by hand, homemade toys that were popular with children in those days were cloth-peg dolls and paper windmills. Children would save their pocket money to buy marbles, a spinning top, skipping ropes, kites or cheap wooden toys.

The wealthier children in those days had more to choose from, kids that came from the upper class families. The Girls played with dolls and tea sets, while the boys would have soldiers and marbles. In the Victorian Era people were fascinated with the toys that had moving pictures. One of the earliest toys that were popular with doing this was called the thaumatrope. This toy was basically a disc with a picture on either side, it was then attached to two pieces of string or a stick. When you spin the disc quickly, the two pictures appear to combine into one.

Some other toys/games that were popular in the Victorian Era were.

Cloth Ball: These were ball that were tough and made from canvas. They were about the size of a modern day softball and could be used for many different games. Back in these times kids were kept busy for hours with one of these.

Leather Ball: In those days it was called Knurr and Spell. Knurr and Spell is a distance game. The object of the game is to hit the ball with a stick as far as possible towards a target, kind of like baseball today. The spell is a small hard ball that was shot into the air when the Spell was hit with a stick or bat.

Bilbo Catcher: The Bilbo Catcher has a solid wood spindle about 5" long, with a solid wood ball. In Bilbo Catcher one side of the spindle is a straightforward cup and ball game, while on the other side the player must catch the ball on the tip of the spindle by a hole drilled in the ball for that purpose.

Books were popular in those days. While boys read adventure stories, their older sisters read penny dreadfuls, cheap novels with chaste heroines, evil villains, and enough melodrama to fill a soap opera.


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I am a mom and a wife, I love gardening, the outdoors, antiques, old historic houses, cemeteries, towns.. I love anything old.. I am fascinated with the 1800's early 1900's but love all history..

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author avatar halfling
11th Aug 2010 (#)

Nice post. Do you know if there are any replications of these toys sold today? I am doing a costume for a convention that is from that time period and would love to add something like this to give it a real touch of the time? Thanks.

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author avatar Kimberly
11th Aug 2010 (#)

Check this site out. they have some that you can buy, :) good luck

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author avatar Delicia Powers
21st Jun 2011 (#)

Wonderful, sure wish you would come back and write more, you have always been one of my favorites, great article, I love old toys, they are just magic, and a glimpse into history...:0)

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