Wisconsin Historical Society

Online Exhibit

Toy Stories

Toy Stories | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeMetal slinky toy with original blue and red box.

Slinky Spring Toy, ca. 1975

Many people remember this popular toy from childhood. Manufactured by James Industries, Inc. Gift of Clara F. Lake. Museum Object 1980.199.2.

In this online exhibit, you'll discover stories of notable Wisconsinites as they share their memories of favorite childhood toys and playthings.

  • See a selection of toys and games from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
  • Discover people's stories about their favorite toys.
Toy Stories From These People Are Featured in This Exhibit:
  • Silvia Acevedo
  • Carl Allen
  • Andrea Anders
  • Jeanne Anthony
  • Tammy Baldwin
  • Ben Sidran
  • Dick Bennett
  • Tony Bennett
  • Anthony Crivello
  • Dana Daul
  • Erin Davisson
  • Victor DeLorenzo
  • Jessica Doyle
  • Jim Doyle
  • Kitty Dunn
  • Adam Elliott
  • Tammy Elliott
  • Casey FitzRandolph
  • Ellen Foley
  • Mark Green
  • Holly Brook (Skylar Grey)
  • Suzy Favor Hamilton
  • Bob Harlan
  • Rick Hill
  • Dan Immerfall
  • Al Jarreau
  • Bill Jartz
  • Greg Jeschke
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Mark Koehn
  • Barbara Lawton
  • Patty Loew
  • Laurie McCallum
  • Scott McCallum
  • Patricia McConnell
  • Rick McNeal
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Doug Moe
  • Tim Morrissey
  • Rick Murphy
  • Tracy Nelson
  • Andy North
  • Amy Pietz
  • Terry Porter
  • Beth Heiden Reid
  • Pat Richter
  • Brian Ritchie
  • Pleasant Rowland
  • Bo Ryan
  • Tom Snyder
  • Eric Szmanda
  • Mark Tauscher
  • Sue Ann Thompson
  • Daniel J. Travanti
  • Dave Zweifel