THAT REMINDS ME

CtH did a post on FB about her daughter parenting little Buzz. They got him a beanbag game for his birthday. I got to thinking I haven’t posted any vintage stuff for awhile.

It’s a shame kids today are too preoccupied with their iPhones and video games to get outside and play with some of these toys. To my knowledge, we got a few bumps and bruises but nobody died.

I GOT ONE OF THESE ONCE… I ATE ALL THE CANDY PILLS, THEN TRIED TO OPERATE ON GRANNY’S CAT
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BEFORE BIG WHEELS,THERE WAS INCHWORM
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WHEN YOU COULDN’T AFFORD A TOBOGGAN, YOU HAD ONE OF THESE. THE STRAPS ALWAYS BROKE AND IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR YOUR BUTT CHEEKS TO GET NUMB FROM THE COLD
1656294_10153799036605296_700923426_n[Wait, what?  “Couldn’t afford”?  My parents told us we had Flying Saucers because they were way funner and only the dorky kids used sleds.  MAN did we have a blast on those hills, esp. the one the neighbor kids’ dad built. Their back yard was really steep and it had a pass through some trees into another field below that, so the run was long and FAST and it went through a tree tunnel which, since Flying Saucers don’t steer worth a darn, was really adrenaline making! LOL  Plus, the neighbor’s house had a patio with a brick grill on the outer corner. They built the snow run up to the top of the grill, so the start was ON the grill and the first part of the hill was REALLY step, then they put in some banks, then through the trees, then level off and crash land into a snow bank.  Whoosh!! – CtH]

DON’T EVEN TELL ME YOUR MOM DIDN’T USE THESE TO MAKE SURE YOU DIDN’T LOSE YOUR MITTENS
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[Dunno if she ever tried with my older sibs, but I’m guessing they refused or “lost” them cuz, duh, only dorks wore them.  I never had them or strings neither, just the Fear Of Mom if I lost a mitten!  That worked better than anything.  My mother was a bit of a tyrant. ~CtH]

HORRORS! THIS TOY FIRED LITTLE METAL BALLS AT TARGETS! WE PLAYED WITH THEM FOR HOURS AND NOBODY GOT KILLED!
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FOR .79, A GIRL COULD GO INTO ANY GROCERY STORE, DIME STORE OR TOY STORE AND GET A JUMP ROPE, JACKS, SIDEWALK CHALK, AND HANDICRAFT BEADS
fun set[Oh my goodness, YES!!  We girls plays with jacks and jump rope for HOURS.  We had contests with the boys, cuz they thought they were all that.  We won.  The sidewalk chalk, not so much, because the school painted hop scotch and four square on the playground, which was across the street from my house.  This may be another of those things my mother refused to buy me because some one or more of my four elder sibs had lost it or eaten it or something else.  I never could have instrumental lessons cuz my sister wouldn’t practice.  And I ate sack lunches every day cuz my stinking brothers got caught taking the cash and making sack lunches, the scumbags!  Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen, being a fifth child wah wah wah. ~CtH]

SILLY PUTTY… ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING THINGS EVER INVENTED
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STRUCTO, NYLINT, MARX AND TONKA ALL MADE TOY TRUCKS. THEY WERE ALL MADE OF STEEL AND VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE.
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YOU COULD GET A BAG OF THESE FOR 50 CENTS. I’D MAKE TERRAIN OUT OF FOLDS IN MY BEDSPREAD AND PLAY FOR HOURS… UNLESS THE DOG CHEWED THEM UP.
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WHOEVER INVENTED THIS MUST HAVE BEEN A CHILDLESS SADIST
I TRIED THIS ONCE AND ALMOST RUINED MYSELF
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MY COUSIN HAD ONE OF THESE; HE’D BRING IT OVER WHEN THE CORNFIELD WAS PLOWED UNDER AND WE’D SHOOT THIS THING OFF. IT REALLY SAILED.
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HOPE SOME OF THESE BROUGHT BACK HAPPY MEMORIES. IF NOT, I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU…. YOU MISSED A LOT.

[Yep!  And thank you!! Big grins here!!! ~CtH]

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3 responses to “THAT REMINDS ME

  1. Ting

    So fun! I remember them all. I didn’t have each one, but I do remember wanting most of them!

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  2. Pistol Pete

    Isn’t it amazing how we survived without cell phones,video games and sexting.We just made our own fun.

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    • So true. I feel sorry for the young people of today for a whole raft of reasons, but one of them is that they’ll never know how much fun you can have when you’re thrown entirely on your own resources, with no modern gadgets and gizmos to keep you entertained.

      WARNING: GEEZER NOSTALGIA AHEAD!

      The most fun summer of my life was the summer of 1975, when I participated in a pilot study-abroad program. (Study-abroad programs are common now, but forty years ago they were still something of a novelty.) I was part of a group of American and Canadian college students who spent the summer studying British literature in England. There were maybe three dozen of us, plus a professor and his wife and their children. Of course back in those days there were no personal computers or cell phones or any of that stuff, but even the things that most college students of the time had access to — such as television, radio, cars, telephones, etc. — were not available to us. There was usually one telephone in the hotels or dormitories where we stayed, but transAtlantic phone calling was difficult and hideously expensive back then, so you didn’t even attempt it unless it was an emergency. Without access to cars, we walked almost everywhere, except where cheap public transportation was available. (But the weather was great, and walking is free, so we usually walked.) The absence of access to TV or radio, coupled with the fact that nearly all of us were dirt poor, meant that we had to make our own entertainment — which resulted in things like impromptu talent shows thrown together on the spur of the moment, which left most of us laughing until the tears ran down our faces.

      But the thing we did the most was singing. We had no printed music of any kind, and no musical instruments, so we had to sing a cappella and from memory. There were a lot of songs that everyone knew, which was a good thing, but all of us learned some new ones that summer. The easiest way to get a group of people — many of them with little or no musical training — to sing in harmony is to sing rounds and canons, so they became the staple of our repertoire. Anyone who knew a round or canon would teach it to the rest of the group, then we’d sing them all together. This could go on for hours, especially on long bus rides to Yorkshire or the Lake District or Stratford-upon-Avon. If you have never had this experience, you have no way of knowing just how much fun it is, and how relaxing and stress-reducing and exhilarating it can be. It’s something my kids will never experience, which makes me really sad. They have no idea what they’re missing.

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