0.5 min readBy Published On: March 14th, 2020Categories: Features7 Comments on Old School Southie: Slocum’s Toyland

Stacks of board games, boxes containing dolls, action heroes, View Masters, and Fisher Price toys stood from floor to ceiling. There was candy section with Fortune Bubble, Fun Dip, Chuckles, candy cigarettes and Nik L Nips.  You could buy Wiffle balls & bats and hula hoops. No matter what toy you asked for, Mr. Slocum would disappear behind a wall and come back with it.  A trip to Slocum’s was magical. 

The legendary tiny toy shop opened in 1900 and closed in the early 90’s. 

Photo by Fran Canavan

Editor’s Note: best part of this photo is the sign next to Mr. Slocum – “Big Balls .59 cents.”


  1. JF April 15, 2022 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    God, I still miss “Slokies”

  2. cheryl a jones June 27, 2023 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    i didnt know it closed, it was so wonderful got all my toys and penny candy there. for 99 cents i always got a package stuffed with all that fit barbie doll stull, shoes, sports stuff. he never let me pick, in and out quick, he never let you get anything he knew where everything was, now its funny

  3. Sean Hayes October 20, 2023 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    This place was epic when I was little boy….. they had official G.I. Joes of all sizes and the predecessors to transformers a.k.a. Grandizer ect. I feel so bad for kids growing up who don’t even know what a toy store is cuz of Amazon.

  4. Eileen November 5, 2023 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Where can you purchase copies of the Slocum’s Toyland picture shown above

  5. joe lance November 27, 2023 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    amazing memories…sorry it closed…Mr Slocum knew where everything was…even as a kid i was amazed

  6. Saniye Sinaci December 11, 2023 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Mr. Slocum was the nicest and the most patient adult that I knew.I would spend hours looking at all the cool toys he had. He knew i didn’t have much money to buy toys, but he always let me look. I think about he often.

  7. Jimmy Santry February 28, 2024 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    they had everything LoL

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