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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2020 3:31 p.m. PST

…Industry's Next 5 Years

"Children and their parents were forced to quarantine during the 1918 Flu Epidemic's worst two years, 1918-1919. Then as now Games, Puzzles and Construction Toys were a must-have way to play. But once the epidemic passed, did they continue to be popular?

To find out what lasting effects the 1918 Flu Epidemic had on the toy industry, I decided to use the Google Ngram Viewer as a source of information. An Ngram viewer charts the frequency that specific words appeared in books over a designated period…"
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2020 4:09 p.m. PST

Got me. If I wanted to know how an industry did in a period, I'd look at the stock values of the major companies.

FusilierDan08 May 2020 3:15 a.m. PST

Has there been a surge in those activities? Are we counting online gaming as well. I would guess that there is more TV and movie watching and people are using online site to exercise with as well.

Let's also remember that one deck of cards or five or so dice were all that were needed to play multiple games and many toys could be constructed out of regular household items.

Ok now I'm just babbling on.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2020 11:45 a.m. PST



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