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Barbie and Ken catalogue – 1962


I recently picked up three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old – amazing to think she’s still going strong today at 60! Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the first booklet – Barbie and Ken – the others to follow another time soon. Click images to go bigger and enjoy 🙂












As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Scalextric, 1960s

Scalextric is a leading brand of slot-car racing that was developed in the UK by Bentram “Freddie” Francis in 1957. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of 1960s adverts from France and Belgium showing some of the early models, tracks and accessories available during this period. Click images to enlarge.


1960s models, Belgium and France


Jojo, Nicole and Pierre adverts, Belgium

Scalextric. Jojo, Nicole et Pierre. Belgium. 1960s.


Power Sledge, Belgium


Jim Clark, Belgium, 1965


Ian Ashley and Mike Walker, C 1968, Belgium


The Starting Line


Comic Strip Style adverts, France




Bonus ads

1970s models, Belgium and France

Scalextric ‘You Steer’. Belgium.


Want to see more Scalextric? Check out my selected catalogue images here and here

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Curve Huggers by Tyco

Curve Huggers was a slot car racing track system sold by Tyco Industries. Popular in the 1970s, Curve Hugger cars were available with working lights and came in a number of different racing models. Track sets included the Laguna 2-in-1 Pro Racing, Nite-Glow Electric Racing, Tyco Championship 1000 – offering an enormous 37 feet of racing action, and the Road Race Empire – offering a whopping 54 feet of track action! Below are two US print adverts showing the Silver Streak and HP2 line of vehicles.

Curve Huggers. US. 1977.

Curve Huggers. US. 1978


Thanks for looking 🙂

Board Games


TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international board games as featured in magazines, comics and catalogues from the 1960s to present. I haven’t included Role Playing Games as there is a section for this here 

Some of my favourite games over the years, and indeed this Christmas, have been Stratego, Game of Life, Scrabble, Ludo, Operation, Mousetrap, Trivial Pursuit and Battleship. Do you have a favourite board game? Let me know in the comments.

As always thanks for looking 🙂



Battleship

Canon Noir

Captain Scarlet

Chess

 


Cluedo

Game of Life

Mastermind

Risk

Monopoly

Mousetrap

Operation

Scrabble

Trivial Pursuit

Miscellaneous board games

Miro-Meccano catalogue of games. 1979. France


Thank you for rolling sixes, missing your turn, passing GO, collecting 200 euros, moving forward three spaces and spinning again with us 🙂


 

Battleship

Battleship / Bataille Navale France. 1969.

“You sank my battleship!”

Battleship, or Battleships, is a two-player game in which you guess the location of your opponent’s fleet of ships on a concealed numbered and lettered grid. The aim is to destroy your opponent’s fleet before your own fleet is destroyed. Battleship can be dated back to World War I when it was a home-made pen and paper game. In later years numerous companies published printed pad-and-pencil versions, then in 1967 the Milton Bradley company (MB Games) produced a plastic board and peg version with miniature ships. Later incarnations by MB included electronic, speaking, and player vs computer versions.

Battleships. UK. 1983.

Torpedo Run / Opération Torpilles and Touché Coulé Computer / Electronic Battleship. 1988. France.

Touché Coulé / Battleship traditional and elctronic. 1995. France.

Bataille Navale Electronique Parlante / Electronic Speaking Battleship. 1995. France.

Combat Naval. 1995. France.