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1950s Toy

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 6, 2022

All this week we are celebrating the National Archives' release of the 1950 Federal Census by focusing on items from the 1950s in the MNHS collection!
This pecking bird toy was purchased by Mark Stanley at the Little Sweden Resort in Cook, Minnesota between 1950 and 1959. 
The blue ball suspended from the bird's body can be used to move the bird's head up and down in imitation of a pecking motion.
Learn more about the census here: https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1950