Unsurprisingly, a lot of my favorite toys growing up were art supplies. And the clay I played with was Play-Doh. Originally, Play-Doh was not a toy. It was a wallpaper cleaner that was formulated to clean soot. When sales dropped due to the introduction of a vinyl wallpaper and the decrease in coal burning in homes, a family member discovered an alternate use for the product. By removing the conditioners and adding dye and scent the cleaner became a play-thing. The popularity of the clay was boosted by endorsements from Captain Kangaroo, Ding Dong School, and Romper Room and cemented the Play-Doh as a favorite toy for generations.
Clay, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board