The two photographs you see above are of me when I was a little lad.
Both of these photos were taken during the Christmas holidays in the 1950's. And back in the '50s we didn't have the technology we have today, so there were no such thing as Nintendo games, Tablets, Kindles, iPods, or ANYTHING that had to do with a computer. If we got toys for Christmas that had moving mechanisms, it usually required 2-4 batteries or something that required you to manually wind it up.
Back then toys were simpler.
But I'll tell you, they were fun all the same!
Today I would like to share some of the toys I got for Christmas when I was a kid; toys that were popular back then.
So allow me to take you on an imaginary sleigh ride back to the 1950's, when we still put out a dish of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa.
Not only did I love the feel of Play-Doh (the soft, squishy texture), but I also loved the smell and taste.
Yes, you heard me right...taste. I used to love taking my teeth and biting into a handful of Play-Doh and then relishing that fabulous salty aftertaste.
*I can hear you all laughing at me*
Oh come on! Tell me you didn't do that too?!?
And speaking of teeth...
These were both funny and creepy. I would take the key and wind up them up, and then watch them hop and chatter all over the kitchen table.
And I never understood why my grandmother looked at them in horror.
Until I found out....she had false teeth.
Popeye the Sailor music box. When you turned the handle on the side of the box, it would play the song, "Popeye the Sailor Man." And as soon as it got to the end of the song, Popeye would suddenly POP out of the spinach can.
Gumby was a popular TV show when I was a kid. He had a best friend (Pokey) who he would horse around with.
You could bend and pose the figures anyway you wished. I used to bend Gumby in a compete leg-split on the floor and pretended that he was Nijinski (the famous Russian ballet dancer).
When I was younger, I was a HUGE hypochondriac; believing I had every disease known to man. And that I was gonna die any minute.
My parents finally got me a Doctor Kit so that I could simply give myself a prognosis, instead of taking me to the ER every week.
OMG...I LOVED this toy! It was a car wash in which you would hook the little plastic cars onto a battery-operated conveyor belt, that would slowly move the cars through each cycle of the wash.
That red tank you see on top of the car wash contained liquid soap, so when you pressed down on it, soap bubbles would dispense.
VERY cool toy! Especially for a child like me who was OCD about cleanliness. I had the cleanest toy cars in town.
And speaking of cars...
This was a battery-operated Playmobile car dashboard. The windshield wipers went back and forth; the horn honked; and all the gears moved. It also made the sound of a car engine. Another VERY cool toy!
Lastly, I give you a rather strange toy, but one that I was enthralled with..
Perhaps it's because I knew one day that I would be a professional hairstylist, I subconsciously used this toy to practice my coiffuring skills.
And as you can tell from this next picture, I didn't do very well...
Have a FUN filled Monday everyone!