0.5 min readBy Published On: March 14th, 2020Categories: Features2 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

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