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Old 11-16-17, 03:05 PM
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Many of us had a Spirograph at one time or another, or gave one to our kids.

When I was 6 I got something called a Design-O-Graph, made by Merit, that did essentially the same thing, but with fewer design options. The DOG was a precursor to Spirograph, and I understand there were others like the Magic Designer, Dizzy Doodlerand Design-O-Marx.

Something I learned when I was researching my toy: the repeating geometric design made by such a device is called a guilloche.

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Old 11-16-17, 11:56 PM
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My daughter had the Lite Brite and we've had Nerf footballs a round here forever.

Ok - the home stretch on the Toy Hall of Fame. As you will see some of your favorites continue to pop up on the list:

44. Radio Flyer Wagon - great toy and utilitarian item. I got one two years ago for X-mas.

45. Ragedy Ann and Andy - multi media items with shorts, movies, and cartoons.

46. Roller Skates - addressed earlier. I wasn't very good at this or ice skating but I loved ice skating, anyway. Seemed like we skated all winter long. I saw cars on the ice at our local park pond and I skated on the Sandusky River for miles when I was 12. Could see the water running underneath. I crashed through the ice into about 6 feet of water one afternoon when there wasn't anyone else in the park. I managed to turn and grab a concrete block and hoist myself out. My sister was an adult and I walked to her house about two blocks away. My clothes were frozen solid.

47. Rubber Duck - me - no; my kids - yes.

48. Ribik's Cube - did not have the "gift". I wonder how many millions of these were sold?

49. Scrabble - too hard.

50. Silly Putty - always had some but there really wasn't anything to do with it.

51. Skateboard - covered earlier.

52. Slinky - to me a lot like Silly Putty. I never had a Slinky that worked at all.

53. Star Wars Action Figures - missed me.

54. The Stick. Love this one. A good Stick was a great toy!

55. Super Soaker - I was too old but it looked like something I would have really enjoyed. Under the age of four my best friend Bruce and I would sit in two big wash tubs and spray each other with a green garden hose.

56. Swing - we had vines to swing on out over the Sandusky River - and I mean way out over. Could get quite a tingle in your gut floating out 30-50 feet on an early March day, when there had been ice on the river two weeks early and the water was running high and swiftly. Always had to hope to return to enough shore to jump off and onto land.
My dad slung a massive rope over a pear tree branch in our side yard. I used that a lot and the tree was very rotten. One year I found firecrackers that my Uncle Plums had sent back from Japan during WW II and I placed one in a small hole in the side of the tree and lit it. The insides of the tree were as dry as the desert and it burst into flames. Smoke was pouring out of every hole within two minutes! Firetruck, along with neighbor's garden hoses put out the fire and my dad "lit" me up - big time!! Fourth of July 1962.

57. Teddy Bear - I believe I had one because my mom bought it on Lay-Away at a store in Marion. My kids had one and my son loved his the most.

58. Tinker Toys - had them and liked them. Sort of the "average kid's" Erector Set.

59. Tonka Trucks - had a few; my preference was for those three decker auto/gasoline garages.

60. Twister - Nope; looks like a good game for horny, drunken adults to play.

61. View Master - covered earlier.

My nominee from the more primitive toy category would be Flat Small Stones for skipping. Amazing how much time was spent and fun we had doing this! I was pretty good at this.

I had a Lucas MaCain, a.k.a., The Rifleman , short, sawed off shot gun that actually propelled little plastic bullets 15 feet or so.

Another gun type toy I had was A Have Gun Will Travel set. It included Paladin's calling cards "Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin San Francisco." Black holster with gun, and if you remember the show, a derringer. I had no idea that Richard Boone was a Shakespearean actor of note nor did I know who Shakespeare even was!

Well, that's the list up to this point. Just imagine - we had no electronics!

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Old 11-17-17, 06:54 AM
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We had no electronics and we had imagination. I'm not sure the younger people have as much.

A tire swing was one of my favorite things to play on at Grandma's house. She had a huge tree that has the swing on. Hours and hours on there. Regular swings and slides were also a favorite of mine. At Grandma's, the swing set was by a cherry tree. I specifically remember swinging up high and smashing cherries between my new white tennis shoes!

I loved building the cabin with Lincoln Logs, again at Grandma's house. We also played with blocks, building towers and knocking them down.

The rocking horse was a favorite when I was little. I would sit on it and bounce up and down. Mom caught me just as I was falling off asleep.

Is a record player on the list? That's one item I ALWAYS played with. Music was and is a huge part of my life.

Jump rope, marbles, Tinker Toys, Old Maid, the list goes on and on. Great toys.

And yes, I saved the princess many times while I was home alone at night nursing babies while hubby was out playing in bands.

I love this nostalgic thread.
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Old 11-17-17, 12:49 PM
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I had a Lucas MaCain, a.k.a., The Rifleman , short, sawed off shot gun that actually propelled little plastic bullets 15 feet or so.

Another gun type toy I had was A Have Gun Will Travel set. It included Paladin's calling cards "Have Gun, Will Travel. Wire Paladin San Francisco." Black holster with gun, and if you remember the show, a derringer. I had no idea that Richard Boone was a Shakespearean actor of note nor did I know who Shakespeare even was!
...!
Are you sure it was the Rifleman's?

Perhaps...the Mare's Leg from Wanted Dead Or Alive


Richard Boone...
Was actually a relative of Daniel Boone (frontiersman), also a WWII USN vet
where he sometimes was the 'tail' gunner on TBF Avenger.

Paladin= a chivalrous Knight and heroic champion often fighting for a noble cause
(Thus the chess knight as the emblem on his calling card and holster)

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Old 11-17-17, 01:26 PM
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Bazooka gum
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With the little comic strip inside...

featuring Bazooka Joe



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I used to save the "Crimestoppers' Textbook" from start of the Dick Tracy comic strip
on Sunday.
upper right...


handy illustrated anti-crime hints; named after his 1940's youth group.

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much like Kilroy ~ MTG was here
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Old 11-17-17, 04:23 PM
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44. Radio Flyer Wagon - I had a wooden version with the removable sides. We beat the snot out of it. I recently got one of those little green yard carts which goes to show that one never truly outgrows a wagon.

45. Raggedy Ann and Andy - I think I had a Raggedy Andy shoe caddy on my closet door.

46. Roller Skates - Not me.

47. Rubber Duck - Not me.

48. Rubik's Cube - Never had one. IIRC, the inventor was Hungarian, so it has that going for it.

49. Scrabble - Enjoyable but difficult to find others who also enjoy it.

50. Silly Putty - Boring.

51. Skateboard - Not me.

52. Slinky - Had 'em, but grew tired of 'em quickly.

53. Star Wars Action Figures - Not me.

54. The Stick - Always important to have a good stick in order to hack your way through tall grass and thornbushes while exploring some neglected area.

55. Super Soaker - Cool toy, but I'd much rather see the regular old squirt gun on the list.

56. Swing - Had a beat-up swingset in the "pit" which was the lower level of my backyard. I'm a HS track coach, and if my runners are working hard and performing, I usually give them a "swingset day" where they run to a playground maybe 1 mile away, they can swing on the swings for 10-15 minutes, and then they run back. I usually do it the day before a low-key meet.

57. Teddy Bear - My favorite wore a Swiss Alpine get-up and had built in music box that played the chorus of "Edelweiss." I of course called him "Swissy."

58. Tinker Toys - Didn't have them, but I had Bristle Blocks.

59. Tonka Trucks - I recall owning a dump truck and got a mighty loader for Christmas when I was 8.

60. Twister - Had this game, maybe played it twice.

61. View Master - Grandparents had one.

Ones not mentioned from this alphabetical grouping:
Radio-Controlled Car - IIRC, RadioShack made a killing selling these things in the '80s.

Slot Cars

Tiger LCD Handheld Games - These were huge in the '80s. I had the soccer game. There was also the old football game that Jerry was eager to play with in that Seinfeld episode when he dates a woman who owns a vintage toy collection, but she won't let him play with it. He ends up finding ways to get her to sleep, so that he, George, and Elaine can play with the toys.

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Old 11-17-17, 06:30 PM
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Tetherball. I loved it so much my parents put up a pole at our house. I smacked that ball until my hand swelled. One day it was time to line up at recess. I wasn't done winding the cord all the way around the pole, so I kept hitting the ball. Now mind you, I was always a good little girl and never got in trouble unless I didn't know what I was doing was wrong. But I could not stop hitting that ball! I had to stay after school and count to 100. Took less than a minute.
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Old 11-17-17, 08:50 PM
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That was quite a punishment!! Tether ball should be an Olympic sport!

Ohio Pup - It was Chuck Connors.I certainly recall Steve McQueen; was he Johnny Yuma? In the late 50's, early 60's I loved all of the Westerns. You are all over this. Loved Bazooka Joe gum and the comics.

Diva - as a junior and senior at USHS, I was known to wander out of school during the day and to go for rides with another screw ball. Upon returning one day, we drove in from the front and and entered the side doors. We were met by principal, Lee Kirkland. Our punishment was to clean the lunch tables at the end of "C" lunch AND to sit in the office every night for an extra hour (thus leaving at 4:00). Cleaning all of the tables took every bit of 30 minutes. The other kid actually quit school! - rather than do this. Of course, with me there was no doubt and I fulfilled my penalty with the friendly disposition that I always displayed. Seven weeks into the ten week punishment, Mr. Kirkland informed me, "Dave, that's fine; you're done." I ask Lee why he had not called my parents and he said he figured I would show up for everything and that there was no need to get me in more trouble. Hm..... .

Fast forward about ten years and I am a school teacher at Hopewell - Loudon and Mr. Kirkland comes to our school often, selling all of the stuff that retired, ex-principals sell. We spend some really fun times in the boiler room ( where the teachers smoked). I apologized one day for being such a jerk. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, "You were easy; we knew you'd be ok." True story.

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