Friday, April 20, 2012

Fisher Price Fridays - Music Boxes

Another oh-so-popular Fisher Price toy is the music box.  If you were born in the 60's-80's you must have had at least one.  Am I right?


Today on Fisher Price Fridays I take another break from the Little People (but don't worry, I'll have a new set next week) to show you our collection of music boxes.  Two of these beauties are actually from my childhood.  The other two were from Ebay and an antique store.


First up the Music Box Teaching Clock #998.  It was made between 1968 -1983.  This lovely clock is a childhood toy of mine.  It is a bit beat up and even missing the top handle, but it still works!  The yellow short and long hands of the clock can be moved manually by the knob in the front.  The sun and moon dial move around the clock when the music plays.  As the clock goes around it shows children doing different activities that they'd do during that time of the day.  

There are lovely lithographs on each side of the clock showing the time.  


The back of the clock has the dial to wind it up and more pictures of how to tell time (the same ones that show in the front).  At the top there is a cute little bird ringing the school bell (he's on the front too).

The music box plays the song "Grandfather's Clock" in time with a "tick-tock" sound as the clock hands go around.  The front has a drawing of a teacher welcoming her students (and a little dog) into school.  It is a lovely music box and I was thrilled to be able to share it with my daughters.

This next one is the Giant Screen Music Box TV #114.  It was made between 1967-1983.  This was our most recent arrival, a Christmas gift for my baby from her grandparents.  The box plays two different songs and has two different pictures that scroll across as they play.  It has a 7 inch screen and two knobs on the front.  One knob winds the box and the other makes a fun clicking sound.

It plays the songs "London Bridge" and "Row Row Row Your Boat".  There are lithographs on each side with cute pictures.  The base of the box is wood although later they switched to plastic.

Later editions of the music box tv did not have a sticker on the top of the box. 


Next up is the Music Box Clock Radio #107.  The clock radio was made between 1971-1984.  It is made out of all plastic.  The clock has two movable arms with an hour hand that moves if the child winds the minute hand all the way around, just like a real clock!  My clock is not the oldest edition because it has three noticeable differences from the earliest ones.  It does not have a red rim around the clock face cover, the blue bead is plastic and it has two arrows on the dial.  The original clocks had the rim, wood beads and only one arrow.  Ah, the little details of vintage Fisher Price toys. 

The music box plays "Hickory Dickory Dock" and has a funny lithograph on the back with the words of the song.


Last but not least is the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Pocket Radio #767.  This radio was only made in 1977.  There is a prior Twinkle Twinkle Pocket Radio #774, which was made between 1967-1971.  The main difference being the lithograph on the back.  This clock is also a childhood toy of mine and was made in the year of my birth.  It has survived these ah-hem many years and I love that my daughter gets to play with it too!

As the title gives away, this music box plays Twinkle Twinkle little star.  As the song plays pictures of animals revolve past the little screen.  The back has a lithograph of a bunny, squirrel, turtle, mouse and bird.  The earlier edition had pictures of children with their dog instead.

The Fisher Price music boxes are entertaining toys and make wonderful additions to our "collection".

4 comments:

  1. I was born in the 90s and I had the Teaching Clock, and I believe I had the "Clock Radio"

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    1. They were the best toys weren't they?

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  2. Good info. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

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    1. I'm glad that you found me! Enjoy the blog, just a heads-up that I am going to be shutting it down in January. Sorry!

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