You’d think that toy computers would have reached their height in the last decade. This Playskool Play and Learn Computer is from 1972 and is a spectacular reminder that a) everything is toyable and b) computers have always been our future.

Here’s the description from the Etsy page selling it (only $31.99!):

Designed like a mainframe computer this mechanical toy uses no batteries to compute if child has correctly found the answer!

Five double sided cards included. Rhyming words, rhyming pictures, beginning sounds, telling time, add facts, related objects, part of a whole, matching words to objects, and a blank card for child to fill out.

My favorite part is that it’s a toy computer made without any power source. It’s entirely mechanical.

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[h/t Kelly Faircloth!]


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