In this article, toy manufacturer Ferdinand Strauss proclaims, in a surge of interwar nationalism, that Americans have the edge on Europeans because American children play more. He backs up his assertion with some statistics of dubious origin--"There are 100 children who play in America to 25 in Europe"--and claims that because of this, the children of Europe lack individuality. "They are stiff, unassertive and afraid of one another."
Luckily American children have their toys to turn them into titans of industry. Did you know that Orville and Wilbur Wright played with balloons a lot as children, and that's probably why they invented the airplane? It must be true because somebody wrote it down.
But what kind of toy should you get your
child to ensure he reaches his full potential? Strauss counsels that whatever the child is interested in, be it electrical toys, mechanical toys, tools, boats, whatever, you should be sure to buy them something that is "as nearly an exact imitation of the real thing as possible" so they can learn from it.
He also says you can get your kid to stop being afraid of dogs by buying him a stuffed dog.
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