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Posted By: lil'red

Christmas Past - 11/11/07 06:48 PM

Yup, that special time of the year is fast approaching. I know this because the adverts have started on tv.

So. I have no offspring, so I don't really know what they are into these days. But I was recalling the things I got for Christmas as a kid and got to wondering if they are still on the market, have they been updated or forgotten?

1)View master...........still around?
2)Shaker Maker.......Pour the special liquid into a mold and "you shake it up" You would remove the mold after a short time and you could add hair for a troll doll or a purse or such for a girl. It hardened and then you could paint after it. I have not seen one since my childhood.
3)Creepy Crawlies.......I saw it advertised the other day. You make your own jelly like insects by pouring colored liquid into a mold.


What are some of the things you had as a child that your child will not see? What are some of the things that have come back after decades?
Posted By: Rykat

Re: Christmas Past - 11/11/07 10:15 PM

lil'red.
here's a couple of "pithy" recollections of yesteryears.
in-school: 4th or 5th(or 12th) grade sitting in the back of the classroom with a box of rubber bands.
home: rolling the play-doh into golf ball size blobs dip em in mom's gravy and place in dogs bowl.
I'm sure I could come up with more poignant memories but....
Posted By: Nova

Re: Christmas Past - 11/11/07 11:56 PM

Hmmmm... Newborn Baby Tenderlove, Hang On Harvey, Super Slider Sno Skates, Barrel of Monkeys, that blonde haired doll whose pony tail could go long or short by pushing a button or turning a knob....

And Christmas candy... big purple boxes of Ganong chocolates, ribbon candy, chicken bones, satin mix, turkish delight...geeze, my teeth ache just thinking about it! smirk
Posted By: elbert

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 12:00 AM

Merrymobile ( a circular ice cream truck)
Posted By: Rykat

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 02:54 AM

Merrymobile? hahahahaahahahahahaahahahaahahahaha laugh laugh laugh laugh !
Posted By: TIMO

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 03:19 AM

lionel trains...
tonka trucks....
erector set......
g.i. joe....
g.i.joe w/kung fu grip...
etch-a-sketch...
lite-brites....
easy bake oven...
monkeys in-a-barrel???

for rykat, paper airplanes w/dress pin in the nose.
way better than rubber bands.

creepy crawlers??? we made them into fishing lures... just inserted a hook into the mold.
Posted By: lil'red

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 03:38 AM

Cut out dolls that you could create a static when you rubbed her clothes on her and they would stick without the folding tabs.
The Slinky
Charm bracelets
That pink dough like stuff that came in an egg........what was it called?
Kerplunk
Posted By: DitchDocDiver

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 03:54 AM

silly puddy
Posted By: Nova

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 04:26 AM

Silly Putty - the smell!!!!!! smile
Posted By: Islenutt

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 04:38 AM

Chatty Kathy doll. Blonde for me. Brunette for my sister.
smile
Posted By: lil'red

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 02:06 PM

Roller skates with 4 metal wheels that attached to your shoes and had a key to tighten them
Atari
A tracing table that was made of semi transparent plastic and had a lightbulb under it. Place the original on the plastic and plain paper on top of it. The light shone through and you could very easily trace any picture you wanted to reproduce.
Eight track players

A side note about silly putty.......it made great "cheat sheets"
Posted By: JZB

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 02:40 PM

Before Atari we had Pong. I thought that was the coolest thing! Man, have times changed!

My mother still has my Barbie (with bendable arms and legs) and all her changes of clothes, and my brothers GI Joes (one red head one black hair) with all their combat gear. I wonder what those would be worth on Ebay? laugh
Posted By: lil'red

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 03:16 PM

How about Weebul's? "Weebul's wobble but they don't fall down"
Posted By: Nova

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 03:17 PM

I remember those roller skates - still have the scar on my chin! Atari's Chopper Command ... I rocked!
Posted By: Travelingal

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 04:17 PM

FYI~~~
Atari MADE POng.
I know, because I worked there
Posted By: JZB

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 05:23 PM

That may be but pong was the first video game. I believe that the console could only play the one game and it was a blast! My memory could be failing me in my old age! smile
Posted By: Stilromin

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 05:32 PM

PONG is making a comeback. I was at an event in San Francisco a week ago. One company was promoting Beer pong tournaments.You play pong against opponents and the loser of the point takes one of about ten shots of beer. The winner goes to the next round. Predictably, the games get faster as the night wears on...all in all, a pretty fun event concept, nifty presentation of an oldschool game.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 05:40 PM

http://www.pong-story.com/
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 06:30 PM

I often think about the times we didn't have cell phones. I recollect conversations being had with friends or family memebers, arguments because lack of communication where a simple phone call would have straightened something out! I often got grounded for not calling... do believe life is much easier with them!! laugh
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 06:32 PM

Why is it that I always feel obligated to answer the damn thing when it rings and then feel I must give a valid reason why I didn't?


On the other hand, Beer Pong is tons of fun.
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 06:41 PM

Yeah for caller id! I make no excuses for not calling people back. They are lucky if they get a call back! I know it sounds bad... I'm just not a phone person but rather prefer computer as a way to communicate... obviously! :P
Posted By: crayonlover06

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 06:49 PM

Originally Posted by lil'red
Cut out dolls that you could create a static when you rubbed her clothes on her and they would stick without the folding tabs.
The Slinky
Charm bracelets
That pink dough like stuff that came in an egg........what was it called?
Kerplunk

memory lane!
Posted By: lil'red

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 09:30 PM

How about column shifters and the floor dimmer switch on old cars?

I also remember when the Crayola box of 64 with the sharpener in the back was introduced. And the Sears Wish Book.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 09:57 PM

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Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 10:02 PM

...and my personal favorite (I still use it once in a while)
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Posted By: Rykat

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 10:19 PM

hmmm, which ones the rectal temperererer! sick grin
Posted By: Bobber

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 10:24 PM

And how many kids get the enjoyment of a BB gun, pellet gun or pellet pistol before their 10th birthday nowadays? How about a real sled with runners instead of just a plastic thing that looks like a garbage can lid? And it came without a helmet. smile
Posted By: klcman

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 10:48 PM

Robbie The Robot, (his voicebox spouting "Hi, I'm Robbie the Robot Mechanical Man, Drive Me & Steer Me Wherever You Can" - drove my mom insane! Oh wait, uymm ...I may have been responsible for that)

Visible V-8 for you modelmaker/engineer types....I'm guessing Bobber had one of those

Capt Jeff probably had those little plastic diver dudes whose bums(?) you filled up with baking soda and sent off through the bathtub





Posted By: pugwash

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:10 PM

I clearly remember saving all the money I’d earned, then having to decide how to budget before shopping for my loved ones, often having to supplement my meager funds with homemade presents.

When my father died, I had been gone from the family home for almost 40 years, yet when I was going through the house, I found many gifts of no monetary value my parents had kept, and almost none of the expensive things I’d bought them latter when money was not an issue for me anymore.

The best things I ever got were those that Dad and I played with together….model airplane kits, fishing gear, etc.

There is nothing you can ever give your kids that they will remember more fondly in their latter years than your time and attention
Posted By: Bobber

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:24 PM

Christmas for my kids and grandson this year is...

"SAN PEDRO"

think they'll remember? Yup.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:27 PM

Absolutely!
Posted By: MartyMoran

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:31 PM

Might want to check out this website covering toys of the 70's, 80's & 90's....if you have several hours to burn...
Posted By: MartyMoran

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:31 PM

Ooops! http://www.inthe70s.com/toys/
Posted By: lil'red

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:53 PM

One year my little brother gave my other brother a huge candy cane for Christmas. Jaime didn't eat it, instead, it sat on a shelf in the clothes closet for a year. The following Christmas, he gave it to me. It became tradition in our family to "pass it on" each Christmas. In 28 years, that same candy cane has been to Germany, Italy, Taiwan, USA, Toronto, Nova Scotia and many tiny little towns in between. Now it resides in Thailand with my second sister. Wonder if it will make it to Belize, lol.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Christmas Past - 11/12/07 11:53 PM

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa3/elbertgreer/footlockertoysoldiersetsd6.jpg
Posted By: Rykat

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 02:54 AM

how da heck did they get 100 pieces in a box 6 1/2 X 3 X 2 3/4???
Posted By: Leah-Ann

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 06:07 AM

Spirograph!

and i still have my chatty kathy smile
Posted By: catdog

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 04:11 PM

My first record player..played 33's , 45's , 78's( i think) and was in a little suitcase.

the doll that you pushed a button and her hair grew.

I remember getting a WInky Dink Magic drawing screen that you put on your tv(attached with static electricity) and drew along with the TV show?

Incredible Edibles

Frosty the snow cone maker

Chatty Cathy mine was a "brown skinned" one

The board game Mystery Date


Damn..I'm old!!!!! shocked




Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 04:19 PM

You think 'you' are old with your Chatty Cathys, I Sold them to your parents !
Posted By: catdog

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 04:35 PM

Ernie!! laugh

I loved that doll, so thank you!

Is now the time for the sayings "Old is just a state of mind" or "Like a fine wine.............." ?

Posted By: Bobber

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 04:48 PM

People improve with age, like a fine wine or cheese. Up to a certain point, of course, then they get moldy and sour. smile
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 04:48 PM

I dont know how to define old, I have been berated for feeling 39, acting 19 and enjoying life, so........

You can also add to the Chatty Cathy list, Hot Wheels, Barbie,Dancerina,Kiddles etc,etc. Now I di feel old !
Posted By: Bobber

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 04:51 PM

I had a lot of Howdy Doody stuff. Wish I still had it, I could retire. Our first TV had about an 8 inch screen, and was the first in our neighborhood. My mother had a pic of us and the neighbor kids sitting around it, about 10 of us. If my mother had had the foresight not to throw away my comic book collection, the whole family could retire. smile
Posted By: Rykat

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 05:10 PM

Wow Ernie, you had Barbie's too!

Most fun we had was when a big cardboard box showed up for hiding in. We were too poor for toys(uh hem)!
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Christmas Past - 11/13/07 07:10 PM

Does mommy let you out of the box much these days?
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Christmas Past - 11/14/07 04:54 PM

Has anyone else noticed the one "present" that has survived for years, and is still the favorite of pre schoolers everywhere?

The box that encloses the metro sexual kitchen sets being given to boys these days will make just as good a fort as the box enclosing the actual fort did back in the 60’s!!!!
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