I have mentioned the National Toy Hall of Fame before. I am happy to report that there are some new inductees. This year’s class includes Jack-in-the-Box, Candy Land, and (drum roll please) the cardboard box.
I applaud the Hall of Fame for including the ubiquitous cardboard box, particularly despite its lack of brand name. Christopher Bensch, chief curator of the Strong Museum, says,
“I think every adult has had the disillusioning experience of picking what they think is a wonderful toy for a child, and then finding the kid playing with the box. It’s that empty box full of possibilities that the kids can sense and the adults don’t always see.”
Not adults with advanced cases of Adultitis, at least.
When it comes to versatility and longevity, no toy can hold a candle to the cardboard box. Indeed, the cardboard box has probably been the most utilized guest toy in the Kim & Jason comic strip, serving as a lemonade stand, candy trading post, and private aircraft. Kudos to Guy Medley of Cole Comics for sharing the news with me. Kudos to the committee at the National Toy Hall of Fame for really demonstrating a solid understanding of the spirit of childhood.
And kudos, to you, cardboard box. You deserve it.