This strange little tchotchke depicting China's leader probably dates from the Cultural Revolution.
There's a lot going on in this Victorian-era painting of a young girl's birthday party.
The whole story of American middle class society for the past 70 years is visible here if you look closely.
The incredible story of how an accidental spill of 28,000 bath toys became a boon for oceanographic science.
How and why did six dinky 4" tall plastic dolls launch a billion-dollar cultural and economic juggernaut?
This entry is unique in the "42 Historical Objects" series because it's the only item that you can't go see in a museum. It's the [...]
When this doll's owner last played with it 1500 years ago, the world was unimaginably different--yet in many ways kids haven't changed.
Pictured above is possibly the most awesome toy in the history of childhood: the G.I. Joe U.S.S. Flagg aircraft carrier. If you weren't a kid in [...]