A Look at the Toys Kids Played With During the Depression

These children made the best of what they did have!

So much scrimping and saving had to be done during the Great Depression. Everything from housing to clothing to food was conserved. It’s no surprise that children’s toys were often makeshift as well. We all know that children will play with just about anything and this was especially true during the Depression when materials and money were extremely scarce. But, sometimes the occasional store-bought toy or finely-crafted homemade creation would become a child’s special toy.

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Homemade 1930s toys include irregular scrap wood alphabet blocks and empty thread spools on string. Via/ Library of Congress
Fort made from a wooden shipping box and limbs, with logs for seats, 1938. Via/ Library of Congress
Simple toys like Tinker Toys were popular and presumably were relatively inexpensive when compared to fancier toys. Via/ Library of Congress
This child appears to be playing with a bike fork amongst refuse, 1935. Via/ Library of Congress
This little girl is lucky enough to have both a baby doll and an airplane. Via/ Library of Congress
Little girl playing with her dolly. Via/ Library of Congress

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