Toys Go to War: World War II Military Toys, Games, Puzzles, & Books by Jack Matthews
With fond memories of collecting WWII toys as a boy, Matthews weaves an anecdotal history of the home front and its effects on the toy industry into a picture book on WWII toys. He relates how toy entrepreneurs reacted to wartime events, government regulations and the American mood. Having no real knowledge of the details of war, many American children spent much of their time in an imaginary war, the way they wanted it to be—game of toys and play and no one really died. Hundreds of b/w and color photos; paperback, 272 pages.