1971: Indicative, perhaps, of the decline of the British motor industry: the Austin Junior Car Factory in Wales ceased production of the Austin J40 pedal car.
Tag archive: Toys
1970: The East German state used a carrot-and-stick approach to nurture athletic excellence among its children. Budding champions were forced to adhere to rigid training regimes and to meet strict sporting and academic targets. Those who succeeded might be rewarded, for example, with the right to have a teddy bear.
Source: Mihir Bose, The Spirit of the Game: How Sport Made the Modern World (2011), p. 243
1965: Toy maker Mattel gave Barbie a spacesuit 18 years before NASA put the first American woman in space.
Source: Marco Tosa, Barbie: Four Decades of Fashion, Fantasy, and Fun (1998), p. 116