People are often nostalgic for toys of their childhood, but after watching these commercials for toys from 1963, it's clear that the toys were awful. With the exception of Mousetrap, I would have lost interest in all of them after a day or two. Clancy the Skating Monkey would have amused me for about three minutes. After that Clancy would have gathered dust in my closet or under my bed.
Compare these toys to the Wii, the computer, the iPhone, and the Nintendo DS, which keep my own kids interested for hours on end, day after day. In fact, they will play with them to the exclusion of almost everything else, so my wife and I have to set time limits. (Via Cool-Mo-Dee)
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.