Christmas Wish List Of Days Gone By


With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching, I thought I’d share a few of the toys I asked Santa for when I as a kid.

Now remember, when I was a youngster (during the 1950’s and 60’s ) there were no high-tech gadgets such as, computers or video games, so you had to use your imagination to play.

Oh dear….what’s imagination you ask?

That’s that thing in our brains which many kids of today have slowly forgotten about because technology, as wonderful as it is, has NUMBED it into oblivion.

However, when I was a kid you had to use your imagination to create something from nothing.

I can still remember using one of my mothers empty plastic Clorox bleach bottles to create a PIGGY BANK.


I wasn’t a kid who wished for anything outlandishly expensive or complicated. I much preferred playing with toys that were simple; allowing me to use my creativity.

Here are some of the things I placed on my Christmas wish list of days gone by…..



Magic 8 Ball: I loved this toy because it always made me feel like a psychic - as though I could predict the future. One of my favorite questions to ask was, “Will I pass my math test on Wednesday?” The Magic 8 Ball always said, “You may rely on it.” But it LIED….because I always FAILED.



Etch A Sketch: One of my favorite things to do with this toy was to privately sit in my bedroom on a Saturday afternoon and sketch dirty words like: SHIT, BITCH, and ASS, and then quickly turned it over and erase them before my mother walked in and caught me. *Yeah, I was an EVIL child.



Colorforms: I loved this toy not only because it was so much fun to create little scenes from my favorite cartoon The Jetsons, but more so because of the way the plastic colorform pieces SMELLED. Somehow the aroma of colorforms sent me into a blissful state of nirvana; sniffing the pieces and staring into SPACE.



Polaroid Swinger Camera: I just HAD to have one of these when I was a kid. I guess that was when I began my interest in photography. The year I got this camera for Christmas, it also came with FOUR cartridges of film. ALL of which I used to take photographs of my younger brother Tom. At one point my mother said to me, “Okay, Ronnie….can you at least take pictures of something else? I’m SICK of looking at your BROTHER!!!!!”



Operation: This game was not only fun, but also nerve-wracking because if you accidentally set off the red alarm on the patients nose, it made you JUMP off the floor and SCREAM. Later, when I got much older (into my 30’s) it was even more fun to play this game with friends after smoking some grass; making us ultra PARANOID.



Barbie: This was a toy I had always wished for, but never got. Bummer.

DAMN YOU, SANTA! Didn’t you realize I was GAY????

58 comments

  1. Good morning Ronnie,

    Thanks again for a good hearty laugh this morning! That brought back memories!
    I really can't say for sure what I wished for for Christmas as a kid. But, some of those toys are very familiar.
    I had the Etch-a-sketch; I drew( you nasty kid, you). I also had the Colorforms with that particular smell.

    The rest I did not have, though my Dad had the 8 ball that I would secretly ask questions to!

    When we thought that we heard everything... Ronnie getting stoned on a reefer and playing Operation with his buddies. I would have liked to see a picture of that!!

    And what would you wish for on your Christmas list 2011?
    Have a great Monday,kiddo

    xoxox

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  2. In my day there were no boy dolls so I had to make do with girly ones. Not that I thought about it at the time but your remark to Santa made me think on. Toys were quite limited because of the war years but somehow I acquired lots of teddies. They were stored in a cupboard under the stairs but accessed from the kitchen. Hmm I remember the teddies, dolls and a dolls pram but nothing else. What the heck did I play with? You've got me wondering now, Ron, I shall probably carry on wondering for the rest of the day.
    I bet you had fun finding all those pictures. I'm off out shopping now, I just hope I don't get stuck by the toy counter. Have a wonderful week. I can't believe it's Monday again.

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  3. One of my favorite things to do with this toy was to privately sit in my bedroom on a Saturday afternoon and sketch dirty words like: SHIT, BITCH, and ASS, and then quickly turned it over and erase them before my mother walked in and caught me. *Yeah, I was an EVIL child.

    You bad boy! LOL

    I loved Etch A Sketch too.

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  4. ...ha,ha,ha...Whatta great wish list! I don't remember the Jetson's Game but that too was one of my fav' cartoons. :o)

    ...And gosh, I remember that Magic 8 Ball. I shook that damn thing 'til it GAVE me the answer I wanted! lol ;o) And I too had an Etch A Sketch, I LOVED that thing! Even as an adult I am captivated by it when I see it in the stores.

    ...And Barbie. Who didn't have her? Well, 'cept maybe you Ron. So sorry. :o\ Speakin' of Barbie, have you seen that new Tattooed Barbie? I don't think she's an actual Barbie from Mattel tho' but she's all the rage right now. I've heard that can't keep 'em in stock they're so popular. I do wonder tho', if she comes complete with a 'tramp stamp'? *shudders*giggle*shudders* ;o)

    ...I was a bit of a tomboy and kinda still am. I had a few dolls but I mostly played outside, riding my bike, climbing trees, making Mud Pies, playing with my Matchbox Cars or my Farm Set. Even tho' my childhood was borderline dysfunctional, even still, life was good. ;o)

    ...Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane my friend!

    ...Have a most fantastical week!

    ...Blessings :o)

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  5. Ok, Ron........I am crying from laughing at you playing with your EtchASketch! That is truly HILARIOUS! What a naughty boy you were!!!

    I had such a love for Colorforms too. They DID smell good! Our kids actually have the game of Operation and they HATED it! We finally took the battery out of the damn thing so they'd play with it! What a bunch of wimps we raised!

    What fantastic memories all those toys were. Now I need to do a post on this too!

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  6. Gosh ! Your Christmas list sucked !

    As a kid I would first Beta Test all toys - ie. play with my friend's toys such as etch a sketch, 8 ball, and operation barbie - they all lost my interest pretty quickly.

    Operation Barbie was fun until the girls screamed and beat me up (ouch !)

    The only interest I would have shared with you in common was the Polaroid Camera.

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  7. Good morning, Ron!

    You just sent a wave of memories through my head! I remember EVERYthing you listed on here. I had completely forgotten about the Colorforms though. My sister and I played with those things all the time! You are right about the smell too. Nothing smelled like colorforms.

    I keep a Magic 8 Ball on my desk to this day. You'd LOVE it! It's pink :)

    Keep believing... maybe Santa will bring you that Barbie yet!

    Happy Monday, sweetie.

    XOXO

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  8. You crack me up! Yes, since Santa knows whether you've been bad or good he certainly should know if you're straight or gay! How else would he know what to bring you. That should have been your first clue he wasn't real... **GASP**

    I loved those Etch a Sketch too. I think we shared one as a kid. Your mom's comment cracked me up. I wonder how that made Tom feel?

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  9. I had every one of those! OMFG!, Ron ~ we're ancient! LOL I also had Chatty Cathy. Loved that doll! Did you ever get a Barbie? Remember when G.I. Joe was a large doll with movable joints? He was way sexier than Ken. Oh! and ViewMaster, did you have that? And do you remember when a candy bar was a nickel? I'd better go sit in my rocking chair now! ;)

    Thanks for the memories, bro!

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  10. Love the pink piggy. hehe
    I had a Magic 8 ball!! And we actually have an Etch A Sketch now. Ron's niece gave it to him for his birthday a few years ago. I never could make a decent drawing on them though.
    Definitely had Colorforms growing up. Hey, who knew one could achieve nirvana from vinyl adhesives. I might have to look for a set for myself when I'm out buying toys for the grands.
    I had a Polaroid too! Not the Swinger model, probably a later Instamatic one. And you had to make that film pack last!!
    We definitely played Operation MANY times. So fun but also so stressful. LOL And of course we'd always manage to lose one of the little pieces.
    Can you see that game today? It would take more than a rubberband from the ankle to the knee to keep people interested. A modern day kit would have like 3 feet of intestines, real scalpels and sutures, a defibrillator, and colonoscopy equipment. AND you've had to sign an insurance waiver when buying it. ha!
    So enjoyed the stroll down holiday memory lane.
    Have a marvelous week. x

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  11. Wow, Ron, I feel like I'm traveling through time! Operation, Colorforms, Etch-a-Sketch--I loved those toys. (I had the Dick Tracy Colorform set.) You're so right about our imaginations being numbed into oblivion by technology. I don't see kids playing with toys or running around outside anymore. They've all got these little devices that lets them kill scores of aliens, or zombies, or Catholic school nuns--oops! just kidding on that last one! Fabulous post, Ron. it brought back so many memories. Take care and have a great week, buddy!

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  12. Good morning Barbara~

    Tee, hee! Aren't I a silly man?

    Suddenly, over the weekend, I thought of some of the toys I used to ask for when I was a kid and decided to share them.

    "I had the Etch-a-sketch; I drew( you nasty kid, you). I also had the Colorforms with that particular smell."

    Didn't you LOVE those two toys??? I've seen now, that they actually make tiny Etch A Sketch key rings that you can play with 24/7. Ah yes, and the SMELL of Colorforms - NOTHING like it!

    "When we thought that we heard everything... Ronnie getting stoned on a reefer and playing Operation with his buddies. I would have liked to see a picture of that!!"

    I know. I have NO shame. It was so much fun to play Operation 'under the influence' because whenever the red alarm when off, you FREAKED!

    This year I'm wishing for an upgraded camera. I will proably purchase one in January; during the after-Christmas sales.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. And for taking a trip down memory lane when 'we' were kids!

    Have a great week!

    XOXO

    P.S. I bet you're getting so excited about your upcoming trip!

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  13. Good morning Akelamalu~

    "You bad boy! LOL"

    Tee, hee....wasn't I a BAD and EVIL little boy?

    LOVED Etch A Sketch!

    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear. Have a wonderful week!

    X

    The Bad Boy

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  14. Good morning Valerie~

    "In my day there were no boy dolls so I had to make do with girly ones. Not that I thought about it at the time but your remark to Santa made me think on."

    It's funny, because as I got older they came out with boy dolls (G.I. Joe). But by that time, I was too old to play with them. Plus, I was more interested in BARBIE and her faaaaaaaaaaabulous clothes - HA!

    " Toys were quite limited because of the war years but somehow I acquired lots of teddies. They were stored in a cupboard under the stairs but accessed from the kitchen. "

    I LOVE Teddies! In fact, I still have a few I keep in a box in my closet. My favorite brand of teddy bears are GUND. They'e so soft and cuddly!

    "I bet you had fun finding all those pictures."

    Yes, I did! I spent Saturday night online trying to find them and had a blast!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you had a great day shopping and had the chance to stop by the TOY counter - HA!

    Have a MARVI week......X

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  15. Hey there Nitebyrd~

    "I had every one of those! OMFG!, Ron ~ we're ancient! LOL"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, we are!

    OMG....I LOVED Chatty Cathy too! I think one my girl cousins had one and it was so much fun to pull her string and hear her say, "Hi, I'm Chatty Cathy...and I LOVE you!" HA!

    No, I never got a Barbie, but HOLY COW, did ever want one!

    "Remember when G.I. Joe was a large doll with movable joints? He was way sexier than Ken."

    Bwhahahahahahahhahahaa! OMG... that CRACKED ME UP! And I soooooooooo agree, G.I. Joe was WAAAAAAAY sexier than Ken. I loved when they made G.I. Joe with 'life-like' hair and he had a short cropped haircut and beard - woot! woot!

    "Oh! and ViewMaster, did you have that? And do you remember when a candy bar was a nickel? I'd better go sit in my rocking chair now! ;)"

    Yes, I also had a ViewMaster! That was so high-tech for those days, wasn't it? And yup...I do remember when a candy bar was a NICKEL. Now, they're $1.50!

    Thanks soooooo much for stopping by and taking a trip down memory lane, Sis!

    Have a faaaaaaabulous week!

    X ya!

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  16. Hiya Peg~

    "Yes, since Santa knows whether you've been bad or good he certainly should know if you're straight or gay! How else would he know what to bring you. That should have been your first clue he wasn't real... **GASP**"

    Bwhahahahahahahhahahaha! TOO FUNNY!

    But then, why the HELL didn't ever bring me a BABIE DOLL????????????

    DAMN YOU, SANTA!!!

    "I loved those Etch a Sketch too. I think we shared one as a kid."

    Wasn't Etch A Sketch the BEST? I loved how you could write anything you wanted and then ERASE it! Kinda like deleting an email - HA!

    "Your mom's comment cracked me up. I wonder how that made Tom feel? "

    Wasn't it hilarious? I don't think Tom ever heard her say it. However, since he reads my blog, he'll find out NOW - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend! Have a stunning week!

    X

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  17. Good morning Bijoux~

    "Ok, Ron........I am crying from laughing at you playing with your EtchASketch! That is truly HILARIOUS! What a naughty boy you were!!!"

    Tee, hee! And I didn't even share HALF the dirty words I use to write!

    Yup...naughty boy.

    "I had such a love for Colorforms too. They DID smell good!"

    Was the smell HEAVENLY? Even to this day, I can STILL remember the aroma. Sniffffffffffffffffffffffffffff!

    " Our kids actually have the game of Operation and they HATED it! We finally took the battery out of the damn thing so they'd play with it! What a bunch of wimps we raised!"

    OMG, you're kidding? They hated it? But all the fun is in the red nose alarm going off and SCREAMING!!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my dear lady. And thank you taking a trip down memory lane.

    Yes, please DO share a post...I would LOVE to read about the toys YOU asked for.

    Have a fab week.......X

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  18. Good morning MYFWBS~

    "I had completely forgotten about the Colorforms though. My sister and I played with those things all the time! You are right about the smell too. Nothing smelled like colorforms."

    OMG...it was truly the BEST smell, wasn't it? It's amazing how even after all these years, I can STILL smell it!

    "I keep a Magic 8 Ball on my desk to this day. You'd LOVE it! It's pink :)"

    Oh, how COOL! I know they still make them, so I really should get me one. I've also seen a few in the toy store that are now COMPUTERIZED! How sad :(

    "Keep believing... maybe Santa will bring you that Barbie yet!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! OMG, that was FLAWLESS!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in the memories, girl!

    Happy Monday! And have a super week!

    XOXO

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  19. Hey there Jaffer~

    "Gosh! Your Christmas list sucked !"

    Bwhahahahahahhahaha! OMG, that made me spew my morning coffee!

    Yes, I guess it did kinda suck compared to the toys of today. Today, I'd probably ask for a Mac Pro Book - HA!

    "Operation Barbie was fun until the girls screamed and beat me up (ouch !)"

    Too funny!

    "The only interest I would have shared with you in common was the Polaroid Camera."

    The cool thing about the Polaroid Swinger camera was that it had a 'squeeze' botton (that red button you see in the photo), which automatically focused the picture. VERY high-tech- HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. ALWAYS enjoy reading your comments!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  20. Good morning dear TJ~

    " I don't remember the Jetson's Game but that too was one of my fav' cartoons. :o)"

    I'm not much for animated cartoons, but The Jetsons I LOVED!!!!

    "...And gosh, I remember that Magic 8 Ball. I shook that damn thing 'til it GAVE me the answer I wanted! lol ;o)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, I too remember shaking that damn thing until it GAVE the answer I wanted. But apparently, it LIED because I ALWAYS failed my math tests - HA!

    "...And Barbie. Who didn't have her? Well, 'cept maybe you Ron. So sorry. :o\"

    *insert sad face*

    "Speakin' of Barbie, have you seen that new Tattooed Barbie? I don't think she's an actual Barbie from Mattel tho' but she's all the rage right now. I've heard that can't keep 'em in stock they're so popular. I do wonder tho', if she comes complete with a 'tramp stamp'? "

    OMG, how HILARIOUS...'tramp stamp'...Bwhahahahahahahahahha!

    No, I've not heard of Tattooed Barbie, but MUST search the toy store, just to get a peek at her. She sounds WILD!

    "...I was a bit of a tomboy and kinda still am. I had a few dolls but I mostly played outside, riding my bike, climbing trees, making Mud Pies, playing with my Matchbox Cars or my Farm Set. Even tho' my childhood was borderline dysfunctional, even still, life was good. ;o)"

    My mother was the same way, a bit of a tomboy. She never playing with the girls, but instead would hang out with the boys. Even to this day, she much prefers the company of men. You would LOVE her. She's the coolest lady!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by and taking a trip down memory lane, dear lady. ENJOYED it!

    Wishing you a fantastical week too!

    (((( TJ ))))

    X and blessings!

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  21. Hey Rob~

    " Expand Wow, Ron, I feel like I'm traveling through time! Operation, Colorforms, Etch-a-Sketch--I loved those toys. (I had the Dick Tracy Colorform set.)"

    I know those times (toys) were much simpler, but OH, how FUN they were!

    "You're so right about our imaginations being numbed into oblivion by technology. I don't see kids playing with toys or running around outside anymore. They've all got these little devices that lets them kill scores of aliens, or zombies, or Catholic school nuns--oops!"

    Me neither. They're all inside playing with technical devices. Don't get me wrong, I love computers and technology, but I'm so glad I learned how to use my imagination FIRST.

    LOVED your line about the Catholic school nuns - HA!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. And thanks for sharing in the memories (toys) of days gone by.

    Have a SUPER week!

    X

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  22. Hey there Mary~

    "Love the pink piggy. hehe"

    Thank you. I can't BELIEVE I found that image online when I googled "Clorox bottle piggy bank!"

    Viola...it came up!

    "I had a Magic 8 ball!! And we actually have an Etch A Sketch now. Ron's niece gave it to him for his birthday a few years ago. I never could make a decent drawing on them though."

    You had a Magic 8 Ball too? Weren't they a BLAST? And yaaaaaaaaay for Ron for having an Etch A Sketch! I too was not very good at drawing pictures with it. But I was VERY good at drawning DIRTY WORDS - HA!

    "I had a Polaroid too! Not the Swinger model, probably a later Instamatic one. And you had to make that film pack last!!"

    You said it! And I think you only got 10 photos in each film pack. ALL of which were of my brother TOM!

    "Can you see that game today? It would take more than a rubberband from the ankle to the knee to keep people interested. A modern day kit would have like 3 feet of intestines, real scalpels and sutures, a defibrillator, and colonoscopy equipment. AND you've had to sign an insurance waiver when buying it. ha!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahha! OMG...that was sheer BRILLIANCE!

    "...sign an insurance waiver when buying it"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! So true!

    Thanks sooooooo much for stopping by and sharing the holiday memories, my friend. LOVED your comment!

    Have a marvelous week......X

    P.S. and remember...."you may rely on it!"

    *Prediction from the Magic 8 Ball!

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  23. LOL...I love that you wrote dirty words on your Etch-A-Sketch. Classic! I might have drawn a few boobies in my day, but they turned out looking more square than round. So not attractive.

    Surely Santa knows you're gay by now. Maybe you'll get that long-coveted Barbie doll this year...?

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  24. Pamela D HartNovember 14, 2011

    Oh Ron, your posts are awesome! They bring back such great memories (I have do have a few from my childhood believe it or not!).

    I LOVED Barbie and had quite a few (75 before I gave then to my sisters who destroyed them! What a mistake!) Anyway…the neighbor boy, Jimmy, and I used to play with barbies all the time (as there were no ACTION dolls then – gotta have the correct TERMS these days! lol!). HIS dad had a cow and forbid Jimmy from playing with Barbie dolls. Thought it would “turn him gay”. Can you even imagine?! **rolls eyes**

    Jimmy grew, got married, had two kids, got divorced, then moved into a house with his…BOYfriend.

    OOPS! Damn Barbie.

    I had an 8 ball, loved it. Thought I was a psychic too. I didn’t see that Jimmy thing though.

    Damn 8 ball.

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  25. Howdy Mark~

    Welcome back! Hope you had a faaaaaaaaaabulous weekend!

    "...I love that you wrote dirty words on your Etch-A-Sketch. Classic! I might have drawn a few boobies in my day, but they turned out looking more square than round. So not attractive."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! HYSTERICAL, Mark!!!

    And I have also admit (but don't tell anyone), I use draw little penises on my Etch A Sketch too. Except they turned out looking more like little pistols - HA!!!!!

    "Surely Santa knows you're gay by now. Maybe you'll get that long-coveted Barbie doll this year...?"

    Oh God, yes, I'm crossing my fingers that this year he FINALLY gets me a BARBIE!!!!!

    (and the one in the picture. LOVE that dress!)

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Great to see back. Can't wait to read about your weekend!

    Have GRAND week!

    X

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  26. Hey there Pamela~

    Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the trip down memory toy lane!

    "Jimmy grew, got married, had two kids, got divorced, then moved into a house with his…BOYfriend.

    OOPS! Damn Barbie."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaa!
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaah!
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah!

    OMG, Pamela....that made me HOWL! I'm sitting here with TEARS rolling down my face from laughing so hard!!!

    That's probably the MOST hilarious thing I have EVER read in a comment!

    Bwhahahahahahhahhahahahaha!

    I can't stop laughing!

    "I had an 8 ball, loved it. Thought I was a psychic too. I didn’t see that Jimmy thing though.

    Damn 8 ball."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahha!

    Please, STOP, you're gonna KILL me!!!!!

    Thanks sooooooooooooooo much for stopping by and sharing your memories and humor, dear lady! I'll be laughing at your comment ALL DAY!

    Have a grrrrrrrrrreat week!

    X

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  27. **That’s that thing in our brains which many kids of today have slowly forgotten about because technology, as wonderful as it is, has NUMBED it into oblivion.**

    This is so true and very sad. When I was a child, we didn't even have television. We listened to our favourite shows on the wireless and used our imaginations to create images of the various characters. I think TV was the first in a long line of imagination killers.

    We didn't even have the toys you had (being that bit older) we got colouring books, coloured pencils, paper cut-out dolls, spinning tops, skipping ropes etc. We very often made our own toys out of anything that came to hand - No plastic then either, so it was often out of paper and bits of old wood.

    Now you've started me off. The boys made their own Go-carts from wooden boxes and any old wheels and bits they could find on the bomb sites. We had plenty of those in London after the war. They'd go tearing down the hills and, with no brakes, just prayed that they could eventually stop :)

    Oh what fun filled, innocent days they were.

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  28. Hey there Babs~

    "This is so true and very sad. When I was a child, we didn't even have television. We listened to our favourite shows on the wireless and used our imaginations to create images of the various characters. I think TV was the first in a long line of imagination killers."

    You said it, girl! I've never been a TV watcher myself, but no doubt that it was the first in a long line of imagination killers. I'm so glad I grew up in the generation that I did, so that I learned HOW to use my imagination BEFORE I learned everything about technology. I appreciate and respect how far we've come in technology, but it's not used in balance because you can SEE how 'socially and creatively detached' many of the kids are today. It's like a void.

    "We didn't even have the toys you had (being that bit older) we got colouring books, coloured pencils, paper cut-out dolls, spinning tops, skipping ropes etc."

    Meeee too! And I STILL have a coloring book and crayons that I play with - no lie!

    "The boys made their own Go-carts from wooden boxes and any old wheels and bits they could find on the bomb sites. We had plenty of those in London after the war. They'd go tearing down the hills and, with no brakes, just prayed that they could eventually stop :)"

    Oh, what FUN that must have been!

    Innocent days they were, you're right!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, my friend. LOVED it!

    Have a super week!

    X

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  29. Ron, I LOVE that last photo of the Barbie - it made me laugh so hard!

    I wish I knew of your admiration of Barbie dolls because I had several, which I ended up giving away to Goodwill many years ago.

    I also had an Etch A Sketch when I was a kid, however I never wrote dirty words LOL! :) I've also played the game Operation and loved it!

    Fun post! Have a wonderful week, Ron!

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  30. Hola Denise~

    Tee, hee! I LOVE the dress on her! It's FLAWLESS! And I love how she has her arms and hands positioned. She looks like a DRAG QUEEN - HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!

    "I wish I knew of your admiration of Barbie dolls because I had several, which I ended up giving away to Goodwill many years ago."

    Oh shucks, I would have BOUGHT them from you!!!!

    Operation was probably my all-time favorite. I also enjoyed the game Mouse Trap!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, girl! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful Monday. Have a great week!

    X

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  31. waaaaah, for you and me! I always wanted an etch a sketch and never got one. Made sure I bought one for each of my kids....it really wasn't all it was cracked up to be; the doodle thingy with the attached pen is much easier to control than those knobs! And if it makes you feel any better, my barbies were hand me downs and by the time Peg finished with them she'd cut their hair off and blackened their faces...it really sucked!

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  32. Hey SuziCate~

    "Made sure I bought one for each of my kids....it really wasn't all it was cracked up to be; the doodle thingy with the attached pen is much easier to control than those knobs!"

    Yes, I agree...it takes some getting use to working those knobs, you're right. It kinda feels spastic at first. But oh, after I got the hang of it I was sketchin' those DIRTY WORDS like a bad boy - HA!

    "And if it makes you feel any better, my barbies were hand me downs and by the time Peg finished with them she'd cut their hair off and blackened their faces...it really sucked!"

    Bwhahahahahhahaaha! OMG...that's HILARIOUS!

    DAMN YOU, PEG!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Hope you had a super-duper weekend on your trip. Can't wait to read and see all about it!

    Have a great week....X

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  33. Herman TurnipNovember 14, 2011

    You forgot Shrinky Dinks. Man, I loved those things as a kid. Sure, they were a one-shot kind of toy, but they were a blast to make.

    The games Operation and Perfection were the reason why I was such a jumpy, easily excitable little kid! ;-)

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  34. My daughter just got operation for her birthday last month. The girls LOVE it! We played it tonight about 4 times until I was saved by the phone. They laughed every time it buzzed! You know what though? Now they have stuff like gas bubbles, a frog, a cell phone and a bird (suspiciously looks like the twitter bird to me). Essentially the same game though.

    Didn't Santa bring you a barbie when he figured it out?

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  35. Howdy Herman~

    "You forgot Shrinky Dinks. Man, I loved those things as a kid. Sure, they were a one-shot kind of toy, but they were a blast to make."

    OMG, can you believe I had to google 'Shrinky Dinks' because I had no idea what they were?! And WOW!....they're really COOL!!!!

    Yup...I may have to put them on my wish list THIS year - HA!

    "The games Operation and Perfection were the reason why I was such a jumpy, easily excitable little kid!"

    YES! And thank you for mentioning Perfection because I also loved that game!

    Hope you had a wonderful Monday, buddy! Enjoy your week!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  36. Hey there Katherine~

    "My daughter just got operation for her birthday last month. The girls LOVE it! We played it tonight about 4 times until I was saved by the phone.

    They laughed every time it buzzed!"

    How faaaaaaabulous! Oh, if I had been there with you ladies, I would have been laughing too. AND SCREAMING!!!!

    "Now they have stuff like gas bubbles, a frog, a cell phone and a bird (suspiciously looks like the twitter bird to me). Essentially the same game though. "

    How COOL!

    "Didn't Santa bring you a barbie when he figured it out?"

    No...damn it!?#?!? Can you believe that???

    HA!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by this evening, my friend! ALWAYS fab to see your comments. Have an AWESOME week!

    X to you and your girls!

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  37. Ron!!! We had the VERY same toys!!! Seriously...the SAME ones!!! Oh how you have made my day today!!! I loved the fragrance of colorforms too...maybe we were getting high and just didn't realize it??? :))

    Thanks for the memories!!!
    xo
    Jeanne

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  38. Geeze......I feel ripped off!!! And I'm not just talking the Barbie deal...

    Ya'll got to do the Santa thingy and wait til the Eve passed, sneak down the stairs and open prezzies!

    Notsomuch in our house growing up. ....Sit around the card table with the other kids, eat slimy food and watch very odd relatives gab away and be boring.
    GREAT fun!
    We did get a prezzie--mostly essential things like socks or a book on rock collecting.
    I'da rather had a magic 8 ball so I coulda tossed it at one of the really annoying relatives and at least created some fun. :-/

    JUST sayin'.......

    No Santa in our house.
    Oh, but I did have some of those toys you scoured the internet to find.
    Not Etch-a-Sketch.
    No Operation.
    No Barbie.
    No Polaroid.

    LOL

    I guess that leaves two toys and the piggy bank from the beach bottle--and me humming the Theme song from the Jetsons.

    *laughing*
    Thanks for that!

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  39. Good morning bichonpawz~

    " I loved the fragrance of colorforms too...maybe we were getting high and just didn't realize it??? :))"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I think so!!!! Oh, but wasn't it FUN????

    "We had the VERY same toys!!! Seriously...the SAME ones!!! "

    Thinking back to all those toys (I know, I'm sounded OLD), made me realize how much we HAD to use our imaginations to play. Oh, the good ol' days!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Always a delight to read your comments!

    Have a fantabulous week......XO

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  40. Hiya Mel~

    "I'da rather had a magic 8 ball so I coulda tossed it at one of the really annoying relatives and at least created some fun. :-/"

    Oh, how funny! But hey, we also got some essential stuff like clothes and books. And speaking of a rock collecting book, I think I remember my older brother actually getting a Rock Collection Set! Also, a Chemisty Set, in which he created a faux volcano!

    "I guess that leaves two toys and the piggy bank from the beach bottle--and me humming the Theme song from the Jetsons."

    Bwhahhahahahahahaha! Oh, but they were two of the BEST!

    I LOVE me The Jetsons!

    *humming the theme song*

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful week!

    ((((( Mel )))))

    X

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  41. Loved this! Oh gosh, Santa had it in for me the year he decided to leave me one of those looms to make potholders ...and the latch hook kit to make a tiger face. I wasn't a crafty kid, so why Santa thought I wanted to make potholders from elastic bands and latch hook a tiger face I could never figure out. But, I did it those stupid crafts because Santa wanted me to...and I was sure he'd leave me something better the next year

    Thinking about it....my mom always used those potholders and the tiger face ended up on my dad's bedroom wall. Huh...now it seems a like some freakish child labor imposed on me by my dad in a santa suit.

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  42. Oh man! I loved the 8 ball, and Etch-A-Sketch!

    "DAMN YOU, SANTA! Didn’t you realize I was GAY????"
    AHAHHAhahHAhHAhHAHhahahhahHAhahHHH!!!

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  43. Hey there Tracy~

    "Oh gosh, Santa had it in for me the year he decided to leave me one of those looms to make potholders ...and the latch hook kit to make a tiger face. I wasn't a crafty kid, so why Santa thought I wanted to make potholders from elastic bands and latch hook a tiger face I could never figure out."

    OMG, girl...I'm dying laughing at this because I TOO had one of those looms to make potholders - I KID YOU NOT! I made MORE potholders than you can ever imagine! Also, I TOO had several latch hoot kits. But, the problem was, I would start one, then get bored with it, so then I'd start ANOTHER one! Every latch hook I had was only HALF finished - HA!

    "Thinking about it....my mom always used those potholders and the tiger face ended up on my dad's bedroom wall. Huh...now it seems a like some freakish child labor imposed on me by my dad in a santa suit."

    Bwhahhahahahhahaha! How HILARIOUS!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Tracy! And thanks for sharing your memories. CRACKED ME UP!

    Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  44. Hey Meleah~

    "Oh man! I loved the 8 ball, and Etch-A-Sketch!"

    Weren't they the BEST? Sometimes on a Saturday afternoon, I would play "Fortune Teller" with my Magic 8 Ball and CHARGE my friends 25 cents for a reading - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    "DAMN YOU, SANTA! Didn’t you realize I was GAY????"

    I mean come on....didn't he KNOW?!?!?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Have a wonderful week!

    (((( Meleah )))))

    X

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  45. You sweetly pushed me... so now I have the permission to go on the memory lane too. Fun!!!

    I loved anything Hello Kitty. I made my dad go all around town Xmas 1985 (must have been) to find the cutesy-catsy things in town. Not easy at the time.

    I also was crazy about My Little Ponies. And Barbies. But also Sindy and Daisy. Didn't have a Ken. And was just fine. (Had plenty of bigger Kens later in life... oops, Susu, contain yourself;)

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  46. Bonjour Susu~

    "You sweetly pushed me... so now I have the permission to go on the memory lane too. Fun!!!"

    You GO, girl!

    "I loved anything Hello Kitty. I made my dad go all around town Xmas 1985 (must have been) to find the cutesy-catsy things in town. Not easy at the time."

    You would LOVE Japan because everyone has Hello Kitty stuff. In fact, I think that's where Hello Kitty originated!

    Yes, I also remember My Little Ponies. Didn't have any, but I remember how they came with a brush for their mane and tail!

    " (Had plenty of bigger Kens later in life... oops, Susu, contain yourself;)"

    Bwhahahahahhhahahahha! Woot! Woot!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in your Christmas toys of days gone by!

    Hope you're enjoying a fantabulous week, beautiful lady!

    Ciao.....X

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  47. such nostalgia! And i remember these too. i'm just now looking at the cartoon man on the operating table and his crazy expression - he probably realizes he does not have a penis and is terribly alarmed at the discovery. i do not ever remember thinking about his missing penis when i played the game as a child, but it was the first thing i thought when I looked at it just now in the picture. How could I have overlooked that? Did you ever think about it before?

    Speaking of Santa...well, actually we weren't, but I digress...Cristy and I walked into a decorator consignment shop last weekend and there was a painting of Santa over one of the fake fireplaces. he was holding a book and had a creepy grin on his face. The title of the book was List of Good Girls.

    sorry. hey, Cristy noticed it first!

    And you know how much I love Santa.

    Do you think i could get away with using magic 8 ball answers in all my emails for the rest of the week at work?

    blame it on the coffee. i don't know what's come over me but this post is hysterically funny and i can't stop thinking of funny offshoots. Funny to me, anyway.

    love, xoxo, diane

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  48. Hey there Diane~

    " i'm just now looking at the cartoon man on the operating table and his crazy expression - he probably realizes he does not have a penis and is terribly alarmed at the discovery.

    How could I have overlooked that? Did you ever think about it before?"

    Bwhhahahahahahahahahahaha! OMG...NO, I NEVER EVEN NOTICED THAT!?!?! How FUNNY!

    He's missing his BONER!

    Bwhhahahahahahahahaha!

    "Cristy and I walked into a decorator consignment shop last weekend and there was a painting of Santa over one of the fake fireplaces. he was holding a book and had a creepy grin on his face. The title of the book was List of Good Girls."

    HA! Please tell Cristy I said BRAVA for noticing that! Yes, it's both creepy and funny at the same time!

    "Do you think i could get away with using magic 8 ball answers in all my emails for the rest of the week at work?"

    BRIILLIANT! But no, I wouldn't rely on the Magic 8 Ball for answering your emails because as I said....it LIES! Tee, hee!

    Thanks sooooo much for stopping by and sharing the laughs, my friend! LOVED your comment!

    Hope you're having a flawless week!

    X to you and Cristybella!

    Barbie

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  49. last line had me laughing:DAMN YOU, SANTA! Didn’t you realize I was GAY????

    i totally remember things being made from a clorox bottle. give that to a kid today and they will throw clorox on your ***. oh yeah i don't like to curse, can't stand it actually, but it's funny when you were little you wrote curse words on your etch a sketch....made you feel like a bad arse, eh. i don't mind using other words in place of curses though...if i HAVE to.

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  50. Hey ladyV~

    "last line had me laughing:DAMN YOU, SANTA! Didn’t you realize I was GAY????"

    Tee, hee....aren't I silly man?

    "i totally remember things being made from a clorox bottle. give that to a kid today and they will throw clorox on your ***."

    HA! You know something? You're absolutely right about that!

    "oh yeah i don't like to curse, can't stand it actually, but it's funny when you were little you wrote curse words on your etch a sketch....made you feel like a bad arse, eh"

    Yes, it did. And I can still remember when I first discovered 'giving the finger' and running around the house all day (while my parents were out) SHOOTING the bird - HAHAHAHAHAHHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Hope you're enjoying a terrific week!

    X

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  51. I had the psychic ball and the etch-a-sketch and I think I may have even had operation. Oh, yes. I remember those toys well. Good times!

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  52. Hey there Jayne~

    "I had the psychic ball and the etch-a-sketch and I think I may have even had operation."

    Yahooo...another child of the good times!

    Memories...light the corners of my mind - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jayne. Hope you're feeling better!

    X

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  53. I can't believe I missed this post! Oh, Ronnie, I'll get you a Barbie. I bought a friend's little girl a Barbie last year for her birthday. I got her one from a new line called something like, Barbie in Black. All the Barbies were wearing different little black dresses with chic accessories. I almost got one for myself.

    What I do want is a View Finder. Remember those with the round thing you put into it that had all the pictures. So cool. I'm not even sure if they make them anymore. Off to Google it.

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  54. Hey there Jen~

    "Oh, Ronnie, I'll get you a Barbie. I bought a friend's little girl a Barbie last year for her birthday. I got her one from a new line called something like, Barbie in Black. All the Barbies were wearing different little black dresses with chic accessories. I almost got one for myself."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! OMG....how funny! And being someone who LOVES to wear black, I would DIE to have Barbie in Black!!!!!

    VOGUE!

    *strike a pose*

    HA!

    "What I do want is a View Finder. Remember those with the round thing you put into it that had all the pictures. So cool. I'm not even sure if they make them anymore. Off to Google it."

    Yes, I DO remember those! In fact, I had one when I was a kid and LOVED it because you could get pictures of different countries in the world, so you felt as those you were visiting them!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your memories, my friend!

    And if I ever find a View Finder, I'll get you one for Christmas!

    Have a grrrrrreat Sunday......X

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  55. I had all these toys! Except for the Clorox bank. Guess my parents didn't love me enough. Oh, what memories!

    I know what you mean about the smellllls. I used to love the smell of new Barbie stuff. My sister hated dolls but I was a Barbie junkie and every Christmas I would get a new plastic toy like the plane or country home. I would SNIFF SNIFF to my heart's content.

    You know, I wonder now if it wasn't just the dolls that I was addicted to...??

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  56. Hey there Chrissy~

    GREAT to see ya, girl!!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    "I had all these toys! Except for the Clorox bank. Guess my parents didn't love me enough. Oh, what memories!"

    Weren't they the BEST??? Aah....yes, what memories!

    "I know what you mean about the smellllls. I used to love the smell of new Barbie stuff. My sister hated dolls but I was a Barbie junkie and every Christmas I would get a new plastic toy like the plane or country home. I would SNIFF SNIFF to my heart's content."

    OMG...didn't you just LOVE the smell of a Barbie doll? When I was very young, I use to love to go into the department stores and smell all Barbie doll HEADS. I kid you not! I can still remember that wonderful 'plastic' aroma!

    "You know, I wonder now if it wasn't just the dolls that I was addicted to...??"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Thanks again for stopping by, Chrissy. You've been soooooooo missed!

    X to you and the gang!

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