Do you remember any favorites? I didn't have many toys in the forties, I doubt that many kids did in those days. I do remember on very special Christmas gift though, a toy Caterpillar tractor. It had rubber treads that went around the wheels. I also remember getting Tinkertoys and an Erector set. More common gifts for me were pocket knives and pocket watches or a new flashlight. Some toys were home made, a whistle carved from a willow branch, walking stilts, a "tank" made from a thread spool. My dad carved the first "tank" with little v-notches cut into the rims of the spool to look like tank treads and a rubber band "engine" through the center. Another favorite were "buzz-buttons", a large coat button with a long string threaded through it. (I made those for my kids too.) How about you?