Toy Doctor and Nurse Kits; A Look Back

Breaktime-header Il_794xN.1202031834_l5pbDoctor Kit, Pressman Toy Company, early 1950's

My grandson recently turned three and while attending his birthday party I watched him playing with a toy doctor kit. He was happily (perhaps a little too happily) walking around the room giving everyone shots with a plastic hypodermic needle. The moment brought back memories of my childhood and the ubiquity of toy doctor and nurse kits.

I decided to do a little research and was surprised that I could find little or nothing written on the subject. In addition, I was also surprised that the kits didn't seem to exist prior to the 1950's.

I was, however, able to find a number of images and it seemed like there were actually more nurse's kits than doctor kits.

9340a4f1e28ce132640c899d11abbf42Above is another kit from Peerless, this time a Tiny Town Toy Doctor Set.

Il_794xN.1355020028_jjrkThe Little Family Doctor Kit also dates to the 1950's. The image above gives us a good look inside one of the kits which contains candy pills, a stethoscope as well as one of those round things that went on the forehead. And, by the way, what was that round thing? I never saw an actual doctor use one.

Hasbro nurse kit 640Nurse kits were not immune to licensing. This Alice In Wonderland Nurse Kit dates to 1951 and was a tie in with the movie that released that year.

6c33ec9b98db3d9eee33612293fdd503Apparently Toyville had a hospital as well. The Tammy Nurse Kit from Hassenfeld Bros. (now Hasbro) dates to the early 1960s.

2 thoughts

  1. I fondly remember my Doctor Kildare kit from the 60’s. As a young boy, my parents always wanted me to grow up to become a doctor. Other than enjoying medical TV shows such as Emergency, Ben Casey, Julia, Medical Center, etc. I never had the inclination to actually become a doctor! šŸ™‚

  2. Hi Richard
    The one I remember the most was a Doctor and Nurse kit from Hasbro. This would of been in the 60ā€™s . If I remember correctly it was a strapless in their line but it had no category or line extensions which led me to believe it was part of their line for many prior years.
    Regards
    Ron Grattini

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