History and Science of Toys Wish List

The upcoming Putnam-original exhibit, History and Science of Toys, will open this November. While the Putnam’s collection holds a variety of toys, we are looking for certain toys to complete the exhibit. The objects we're seeking are included in the following list. Please contact Curator of History and Anthropology, Christina Kastell at ckastell @putnam.org or (563) 336-7293 if you would be willing to loan or donate any of these toys.
  • Sock Monkey made with iconic red-heeled socks
  • Toy Doctor’s Bag and kit
  • Early Monopoly Game, 1935-1945
  • Frisbee brand Frisbee – the earlier the better
  • Early Etch a Sketch
  • Spirograph
  • Lite Bright
  • GI Joe
  • Pet Rock
  • Tickle Me Elmo
  • View Master
  • Ethnic dolls
  • Pokemon, K-pop, Anime
  • Leap Pad and other educational toys
  • Inclusive dolls – downs syndrome, prosthetic leg, etc.
  • Bratz Dolls
  • Action Figures (Star Wars, Super Heroes, etc.)
This list contains dangerous and recalled toys that we would like loaned or donated:
  • Gilbert U-238 atomic Energy Lab, c. 1950.
  • Magnetix Magnet Building Set, c. 2005.
  • Aqua Dots (a.k.a. Bindeez) building beads sets, recalled in 2007.
  • CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit, c. 2005
  • Anti-Gravity Moon Shoes, from Big Time Toys, c. 1990.
  • Professor Wacko’s Exothermic Exuberance Kits by Wild Goose, sold from September 1993 through February 1994.
  • Polly Pockets with Quik Clik, by Mattel c. 2007.
  • Nerf Super Soaker XP30 or XP20 (was sold only at Target from March – July 2020).
  • 11” Forky Toy from Toy Story 4 (sold by Disney), c. 2019
  • Any BSN Sport’s Rubber Critter Toys with orange and yellow paint (includes 15” frog, 14” fish, 13” octopus, 8” penguin,   17” pig, and package of 8” long mini critters), February 2017 – June 2018.
  • Pogo Trick Board by Flybar, c. 2018.
  • Musical Lili Llama by Manhattan Toys (sold through Amazon from October 2019 through February 2020).
  • Manhattan Ball Activity Toy by Manhattan Toys (sold exclusively at Target July 2019 – June 2020).
  • Mag Cube products (3D Magnetic Puzzle, Buckyballs, or Joynote) magnetic ball sets by Sobeauty, sold at Walmart from March 2018 – December 2019.
  • 17-Piece Xylophone Musical Instrument Set by Innocheer (sold exclusively through Amazon from June through August 2018)
  • Children’s Tool Kits by Grizzly Industrial (on the market since September 2002).
  • Ubbi Connecting Bath Toys by Pearhead (Sold at buy buy Baby, Nordstrom, Bump Box, etc., from January through August 2019.
  • Toys “R” Us Totally Me Clay Craft Kits sold at both Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us, c, 2017.
  • Plush YETI with long hair from Jurgen, c. 2020
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