Advert for the Boomerang Top children's toy
Medium: Print on paper
The lives of 19th century children differed greatly depending on where they were born and into what social strata. Rurally-reared children from the poorer classes would have started working at a young age, spending their leisure time outside in open countryside. They would not have many 'toys' as we understand the term today. Their counterparts in cities would have had toys, but very often these were bought from fleamarkets or streetside penny stalls. Middle and upper class children would have had many more toys; the boomerang top advertised here is representative of the type of half-gadget half-game popular at the time.