January 2020

1960s Fisher Price Toy “Chatter Telephone”

Toy Phone

The current Toys exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum has been a big hit with many visitors who have enjoyed reminiscing about their childhoods with their children and grandchildren. One toy we would like to highlight is the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone, which rolled into toy aisles in 1962. This engaging toy became a big seller for Fisher Price in the 60s and 70s, helping make this company one of the larger toy manufacturers of its time. Fisher Price was established in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, and Helen Schelle in East Aurora, New York. Even though it is  under the Mattel Company today, Fisher Price is a well-known name when it comes to educational toys. As the museum was gathering toys for this fun exhibit, we found that our collection is lacking in name-brand toys like Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Mattel, Play Doh, Tonka, and even Cabbage Patch from the following eras, 1960s to the present.

Now is your chance to add to our collection! If you have any gently used or even still-in-the-package brand-name toys that could help us fill this gap, give us a call at (605)978-7016 for more information on donating.