Thursday, June 02, 2016

Toys in the Attic

I recently came across a Pinterest collection of old toys. It made me nostalgic for my old play things. Here are some of things that occupied my youth. They are from the 60s and early 70s.
Creepy Crawlers. My favorite. 
Wikipedia describes Creepy Crawlers as: "a series of die-cast metal molds resembling various bug-like creatures, into which is poured a liquid chemical substance called "Plastigoop", which comes in assorted colors (including glow-in-the-dark). The mold is then heated to about 390 °F (199 °C) on an open-face electric hot plate oven. The Plastigoop is cured by the heat, and when cooled forms semi-solid, rubbery replicas which can be removed from the mold."

Hot Wheels cars and track. I spent many hours with track set up around the house.
I also had the Hot Wheels Supercharger.

Matchbox cars. Same size as Hot Wheels but without the fast wheels.

A Barrel of Monkeys was always useful for decorating.

Clackers, an obnoxious toy. Taken off the market as a safety hazard. 

Loved my Crayons

The board game I played the most. I liked it better than Monopoly. 

Gum cards
I didn't collect baseball cards. Was never interested in them. However, I loved collecting Batman cards and a host of others. The above photo shows a sample of some of them. TV shows Alf, Dark Shadows, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Batman and crazy cars.

My first real bike was a Huffy lime green.

Our family enjoyed playing lawn Jarts in the backyard. Nobody died or were impaled.

Legos. Hours of fun.
A small glass bowl sat on my dresser for years.

I loved taking left over model car parts and creating my own vehicles.

Turn upside down and back: "Mooooooooo"

I could have been a doctor.

A great way to drive one's younger brother to tears.

I had a passion for collecting small, plastic men and animals.

Loved the smell of Play-Doh. I also had a Play-Doh Fun Factory.

Home Pong, only video game I learned to play.

Didn't play with the gun so much. Enjoyed unrolling the caps and hitting them with a rock.

My collection of Sinclair Dinoland Waxy-Plastic Dinosaurs from 1964 Worlds Fair in NYC.
Sinclair Dinoland Mold-a-Rama dinosaurs were available in seven different dinosaur designs and came in many different colors. They cost 25c to make and were a popular and affordable souvenir of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. Somehow mine have survived all these years.
Sparklers were a 4th of July tradition.

I must have had dozens of Superballs of all sizes.

Always bought View-Master reels of vacation sites.

My pocket water gun.
Always watched the TV show too.
Pollywogs, also known as tadpoles. I would collect them in a pail when I was in first and second grade.

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