Some toys have stood the test of time, but this vintage French doll is almost too beautiful to play with. While the mini cast-iron pots and pans are precious, cooking in a silk dress might not be the best idea.
The 1940s can-do attitude definitely made it into the playroom. This photo was taken at a British museum where children could pretend to lend a hand. Although this little girl seems to like the rolling pin, we can't get over the adorable flip-down ironing board.
Back in the States in 1950, a toy kitchen would be remiss without pretend food. This New York toy store sold miniature brand-name products like Sun-Maid raisins and Hi Ho crackers, because even fake pantries need plenty of snacks.
Moms cheered the invention of the microwave, so of course, kids got their own pint-size pretend versions. This went as far as to put their plastic version on par with GE (if only real appliances came at toy prices).
Eighties kids won't forget the color craze that was Rainbow Brite, and if your neon kitchen set is still around, it could be worth big bucks now. Recent show the cartoony toys going for , but those bright red burners might be too cute to give up.
Fisher-Price dubbed this popular model the and they weren't kidding. It included a microwave, oven, stove, fridge, cupboards, telephone, and (you guessed it) even the kitchen sink.
Hold the (cordless) phone — this play set seriously looks , complete with a chic backsplash. There's also a handy chalkboard for writing today's "specials." Plus, designed the setup to be equally appealing to boys and girls so everyone can join in on the fun.