Right: A Lionel train set like this one was something I longed for as a boy, but never got.Left: Aren’t these beauties? On Christmas morning of 1930, during the depths of the Great Depression, probably only rich kids received such expensive toys.Left: Before Barbie, there was Flossie Flirt.Right: What red-blooded American 6-year-old wouldn’t have been overjoyed to find this beauty under the tree? I know I would have.
Right: The front cover of the 1934 Sears & Roebuck Fall and Winter catalog, giving a hint of the many treasures within. At about the turn of the 20th century, some wag wrote that the Sears catalog was one of only two books read by rural folks, with the Bible being the other.Right: These Marx wind-up tractors sold for less than a dollar back then. Today an example in good condition would probably bring many dollars.Above: For the little girl who wanted to toil just like her Mommy.