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Under the Tree: The Toys and Treats That Made Christmas Special, 1930-1970

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Filled with more than 100 illustrations—nostalgic art, vintage photographs, and evocative advertisements

When? Can’t I open just one? Please? The minutes, the hours, the eons of waiting—and wondering. What’s underneath the shiny silver paper? Behind the enormous red bow? Under the tree?

Who doesn’t remember what it was like to be a kid at Christmas? And who hasn’t yearned t
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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Mayda
Mar 21, 2011 Mayda rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, christmas
This book reminded me of many of my own Christmases: The anticipation often exceeded the actual event. That being said, I have enjoyed all my Christmases, and I enjoyed reading this book, too. And, yes, I found toys I had when I was a child, some of which were still around when I started buying toys for my own children. No doubt, my kids will some day buy some of these same toys for their kids. This book covers toys and treats from 1930 to 1970 in 112 pages, and therein lies the problem: Not ...more
Roberta
Oct 09, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
Susan Waggoner has done a superb job of compiling most of the toys you can imagine from 1930-1970. She describes several of my most coveted toys: a tea set, the Easy Bake Oven, and a dollhouse. Despite that she covers a lot of Shirley Temple items, she fails to mention the most awesome toy ever - the Shirley Temple Magnetic T V Theater. I never had one of my own, but I loved playing with my sister's. She devotes a lot of space to games, the ultimate game for beginners being Candyland. I loved ...more
Tammy
Jan 19, 2016 Tammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, holiday, trivia
A fun look at holiday trends from the 1930 through 1970. Discovering what toys were popular shows some cultural changes, historical events going on at the time and financial issues in the life of your average American family through five decades. It was also neat to see how some toys have changed very little from their beginnings as far back as ancient Egypt.
Sumi
Mar 22, 2008 Sumi rated it it was ok
Oh, the nostalgia!

While I'm rather glad that I never had 'The Beverly Hillbillies' game, I do fondly remember the Woolworth's doll house that I once played with.

A book of the toys and games from my childhood, most of which didn't survive my childhood.
Marie
Dec 27, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Lot's of fun strolling down memory lane. Even though many of the toys and games were before my time, I still enjoyed reading about them. The ads and their price lists were very interesting. Wow!
Hunter
Dec 30, 2010 Hunter rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, nostalgia

A bit of a let down after "It's A Wonderful Christmas". Less a Christmas nostalgia book than a toy nostalgia book. Not at all a bad book, just not as festive as I was hoping for.
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