Every generation of children has had its toys. In the post WWII 1940's and into the 1950's cowboy toys were the king, particularly for young boys. This trend has been noted in several movies such as A Christmas Story and Toy Story.
These simple toys provided a great getaway for kids of that era with their movie and later TV heroes like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Marshal Dillon, Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger. Toy makers loved the tie-in with the new media since it greatly spurred sales of these toys.
One of the great things about these classic toys is that many of them have held up well over the decades. In fact, some people almost think of them as art as well as a nostalgic trip back to their childhood. You'll also find some small manufacturing concerns creating high quality replicas of these vintage toys.
Common Vintage Cowboy Toys
Cap Guns, Cork Guns and Click Guns - These are particularly sought after when paired with a matching holster.
Cowboy Costumes - Of course, the full costume or even just a cowboy hat or coonskin cap was a common fashion ensemble for boys in the 1950's.
Play Sets - Intact Cowboy and Indians playsets from the 1950's are a rare find, particularly if they're from Marx.
Cowboy TV Show Themed Toys - Roy Rogers and Lone Ranger themed items are quite popular. These toys might include things like a phones, guitars, binoculars or the ever popular decoder ring.
Cowboy Coloring Books - While some have deteriorated due to age, there are still some around that have held up well.
Cowboy Board Games and Cowboy Card Games - Most TV shows had promotional board games or card games. Some of these can be a rare find if they're fully intact.
What are some of your favorite Vintage Cowboy Toys?