Vintage Toy Store Photos Volume 15
Seeing as it's the site's birthday, it's no better time to drop a new installment in what is one of my favorites, vintage toy store photos. A journey back to the days of oddly named department stores and independent mall toy stores and chains that are fondly remembered but sadly mostly gone.
If you're digging this page, please visit our Index of Previous Vintage Toy Store Galleries for much more.
As always if you have pictures of any vintage toy stores you'd like to share, please drop me a line and I'll send you a 70's prize pack for your time
DISCLAIMER: All of these photos shown are my property, I paid (sometimes waaaay too much) for a lot of these and own them. If you do want to share them on your blog, facebook group whatever, all I ask is you give a source link back, that's it. Please don't photoshop out the logos and pretend you found them (You know who you are, guy on facebook), it's really not cool.
This end cap of Kenner Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman dolls shows just how a big a phenomenon the series was in 1977.
This is Meyer's discount store in 1982, the store was known for innovative displays such as this one highlighting Barbie that included some rare vintage stuff.
Another giant row of Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman stuff, seeing those Maskatrons on a shelf just brings out my inner seven year old. It should come as no surprise that he wants one.
Play Land Toy Stores in Georgia has a whole end cap of toys hoping to catch sales from the then upcoming "Legend of the Lone Ranger" film in 1982. The film was quickly forgotten but these toys are fun and well made. If you haven't already ready, please check out the 1982 Gabriel Toys Legend of the Lone Ranger Catalog
Shoppers line up in a Houston, TX mall for the opening of Play House toys sometime in 1981, notice all the Dark Tower games on display.
My fetish for Mall Appearances is pretty much on par with my obsession with old retail shots. I've featured this beautiful shot from Japan featuring Ultra-& before but it's so beautiful it deserves another pass. This is around 1978 and a huge pile of Popy Godzilla figures is in the background.
I WANT ONE OF THESE SO BADLY!
An endcap of the Mattel Sunshine Family Toys in a Wiebolts store, sometime in 1978. If you look in the corner you will see yet another HUGE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN DISPLAY.
The Sunshine Family scared me as a child, so I've posted a couple of their catalogs here. Here is the 1976 Sunshine Family Catalog and this one from 1978 shows them selling out and becoming The Sunshine Fun Family
An endcap of the Mattel Preschool Toys in a Chicago area Wiebolts store, sometime in 1978.
And if you haven't already, Volumes 1-14 are a pile of happiness, click the image for the full gallery.