Welcome to the holiday issue of Cold War Magazine. We’re all about Cold War history, culture, and politics. Most of all. we’re about Cold War fun! In this issue, we double down on Cold War toys, and Christmas traditions in the early years of the Cold War. Here are some of the articles you’ll find.
Cold War Toys
Early Cold War toys tell us a lot about the beginning years of the half century conflict. They were one way parents could communicate important issues of the day to their children.
Santa Claus Meets Ded Maroz
Most Americans so demonized the Soviets that it was hard to imagine Russian families around a Christmas tree opening presents. This was a big mistake.
Just Like Mom
According to American Cold War ideology, homemakers in the US were a bulwark against communism. Girls’ toys reflected the consumer economy of the day.
While girls were busy learning about fashion from Barbie, boys were learning how not to be”sissies.”
Toys for the Atomic Age
Do You Hear What I Hear? (Only available via PDF download).