The 1970s Fisher Price Play Family Camper

Introducing the 1970s Fisher Price Play Family Camper, with rufty-tufty, chunky plastic in a soft, satin finish.

This arrived in my life in Christmas 1974, and I played with it for hours.
Zoom into those worktops and see a frozen moment from the 1970s family holiday: a camera with a flash cube, photos of the dog, sea shells gathered and postcards being written (click the image to open up larger)
As with any 'small world' toy, the magic really happened when you got eye-level with the little people.
The boat really floated. I discovered this a few months in, after which time no bath was complete without it.

I once saw another child's camper where the patio set had a yellow umbrella with a red table.  I can still remember how wrong this felt. 
I may have mixed in some stuff from my Play Family House. Fisher Price aficionados, don't hurt me. 
The baby is adorable, with vintage kiss curl. 
The copywriting on the original advert reads: "When pulled, truck makes motor noise. And campers bounce merrily in front seat." I can confirm the motor noise is a click, click, click, click, click, and bouncing does indeed happen. 
My sister and I called this boy Gary because he looked naughty.  The naughty boy in our street was a Gary.
Nothing is funnier than a toy on the toilet. The lid to the loo closed with such a satisfying snap.

1970s children could play house, go brum brum with the truck, ride the motorbike up their arm (ooh... bumpiness), float the boat and sit a toy on the toilet.  And no colour dominated. 2016 gendered toy makers, take note. 
In our stories, the dog often came to the rescue and was the real brains of the Play Family. His smile confirms this. 
We called the girl with the blond hair Lucy. This was most likely due to Narnia. 

Hot dogs with a knife and fork? Must be the Cameron family. 

It was so satisfying to help them all climb safely into bed (tap, tap, tap up the ladder) after a grand tour of the living room and the kitchen. Maybe the garden too, if it was sunny.

Could not resist it: the Breaking Bad tribute.

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Did you have any of the Fisher Price Play Family toys? Which ones? And are they still with you, like mine?

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  1. Hi Angela:

    Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane. Your Fisher Price toys are in mint condition, though clearly you and your sister played hard with them. Testimony to the toys' superb quality!

    I love the toilet.

    My younger sister adored Fisher Price toys. The only pieces that remain from her sets are two train cars. They are made of sturdy die-cast metal and brightly colored plastic. I keep them with my Christmas ornaments and bring them out each year for the holidays.

    I must ask: Do you remember a 70s toy called "Liddle Kiddles"? These tiny, posable themed dolls were my sister's favorite.


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