Toys of the Decades – 1960s: Easy-Bake Oven, Spirograph

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Every day this week, News 4 This Morning is taking a look back at a pair of popular toys from decades past.

The Easy-Bake Oven was invented by Ronald Howes in the early 1960s. Looking like a small version of a typical oven, the toy used incandescent light bulbs to allow children to bake a small cake. The oven went through several revisions throughout the years, and Hasbro took over in the 1990s when they purchased the Kenner company. The popular oven was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2006. Due to regulations from the federal government, the models that used light bulbs were made obsolete and thus, all new models have a heating element inside instead.

Another toy that came about in the 1960s was the Spirograph. The geometry-based drawing toy was introduced to the United States in the mid-1960s after being developed by Denys Fisher. The toy involves a magnetic board and a variety of gears. The user takes the pen and places it in a gear to create a variety of unique geometric drawings. It is still sold to this day, by the Hasbro corporation.

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