Emma Warren Exhibitions
touring exhibitions for museum, heritage and arts venues

'Out of this World' Space Race Toys

The 1950s and 1960s saw intense competition between the USA and the USSR as they vied to master space. This 'Space Race' effectively ended when Apollo 11 landed the first two humans on the Moon on 20 July 1969.

This pre-occupation with space exploration inspired both toy manufacturers and television makers. Dan Dare, a futuristic space pilot created in the 1950s, was one of the first characters in this space toy boom. The commercial potential of producing toys linked to programmes such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Thunderbirds' was quickly realised during the 1960s.

These toys explored the fantasy of space travel and of living on other planets. Everything from ray guns and space patrol walkie talkies to moon shoes and flying saucers were produced. Examples of these original childhood favourites are included in this exhibition.

Exhibition Contents

8 Interpretation Panels

The panels are A1 portrait size and mounted on foamex. They can be wall mounted with screws.

10 Framed Prints

The prints are A3 size, mounted in wooden frames and are wall mountable with mirror plates. The prints come from original advertisements for promotional space toys produced by cereal and sweet manufacturers in the 1950s and 1960s.

Original Artefacts

A collection of 30 original space games, toys, books and comics is provided with the exhibition. They date from the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s.

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A selection of modern space themed toys and factual/fictional books is provided.