Clackers still exist, but not in their original (read: more dangerous) form. I remember that we spun so fast that the entire thing lifted up off the ground. Nevertheless, I wish I had it now, but all I have is a film my dad shot of that birthday and the little roller coaster cars not staying on the track! According to Vintage Doll Repair, Echo dolls were only produced from 1962 to 1963, and were only sold until 1965. According to The Guardian, the earlier iterations of the Game Boy were discontinued in the early 2000s, and the Advance followed in 2007. Who knows, maybe the film will inspire a new version of the toy. Thanks! Steel dollhouses were first introduced around 1948 and dominated the 1950s decade, continuing into the 1960s, before being replaced with plastic or wood. With Christmas just around the corner and millions of kids eagerly waiting to open presents, I thought it was a good time to look back at a few toys of the past. And I had an incident with younger boys in the neighborhood chasing me on their bikes and trying to knock me off mine. But the world has changed a lot in the past 60 years or so — some of our favorite toys are no longer available for kids to play with now. From the 1940s-1960s, lithographed metal dollhouses were the dream of many a child. You would ride the thing and then continue on across the driveway at-speed and onto the lawn to stop. The click clacks that left you with bruises on your knuckles and wrists and arms, not to mention your head once in a while … LOL. From 1999 until 2004, HitClips were the ultimate status symbol — the more of those little cartridges you had clipped to your key-chain, the cooler you were. I had the wood burning set too. Throughout the next two decades many advancements were made, such as the Game Boy Color, released in '98, and the Game Boy Advance in 2001. Aug 28, 2015 - Because if ironing your hair with an actual iron hasn't killed you yet, nothing can. Thank you. They were SO loud once you got them going. https://img0.etsystatic.com/009/0/5873511/il_570xN.465191104_4d38.jpg, https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/87/3f/57/873f572087b938da95d4b84a5006d1bc.jpg. 5. HitClips were mini stereos … It is a sad lesson: the things we love will come and go, even beer. And some of them are still around to this day. Perhaps this creepiness led to Cathy's discontinuation in 1966. This is what I told someone about it on Facebook recently: “It was about the same size as a medium sized metal slide and instead had tubular rails and a little single-rider car which rode in the tracks. Joe, Twister and Operation can still be found on toy shelves around the world. Dec 15, 2020 - Explore Kissfan's board "Stores that are no longer around. Candy tastes have changed since the latter half of the 20 th century, with candies like Slo Poke, Sugar Daddy and Bit O' Honey falling out of favor with the younger crowd, but older folks are still nostalgic for the long-lasting chews. Everyone thought vinyl was done forever too, and now record players are on sale at Urban Outfitters. I think I had the teeter-totter too. Too many bells and whistles have changed why this simple toy was so popular to begin with. Essentially, it would say words out loud, and kids would have to figure out how to spell said words, using memorization and the pronunciation. Toys like G.I. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Step2-Extreme-Coaster/5994954. When iPods and other mp3 players hit the scene, HitClips were suddenly obsolete. They were whitish in colour on a flat bottom, any idea were they came from? Don’t like to think what was in it! Pressing a handle on the side of the unit created a vacuum, which caused the plastic to be sucked down over the mold and form a shape. Made it to adulthood, so guess overall, they weren’t as bad as today’s snowflakes make them out to be. A "Twilight Zone" episode called "Living Doll," was essentially based on Cathy, except that this doll was named Talky Tina — and Tina was even voiced by the original Chatty Cathy, June Foray. I sometimes think he was trying to test me for the NASA program, LOL!!! Sometimes we would get under it and pretend to be turtles. Considering the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) didn’t exist before 1972, late Baby Boomers got away with playing with a lot of toys in the 1960s-early 1970s that would never pass muster today. They were off the market by 2000 — but let's be honest, all the best toys have a little edge to them, and watching the Sky Dancers fly was super fun. Pound Puppies were created by Mike Bowling in 1984, and were sold by popular toy truck brand Tonka. Also Read: 22 Things We No Longer See in Manila. Poo-Chis were the dream gift for any kid whose parents wouldn't let them have a living and breathing pet. Depending on who you ask, Halili beer and beverages fizzled out either because of a strategic acquisition or lack of leadership. If you got this thing moving really fast, it made a whirring noise. Clackers (also called Ker-Bangers, Klackers, Click Clacks, Klik Klaks, Klappers, Zonkers) were a simplistic toy that enjoyed some popularity in the late 1960s-early 1970s. doyouremember.com 2) Things from the 70s: Atari let you enjoy video games at home for the first time ever and it rocked. I had something like Dip-a-Flower, think it was called Flower Drops, used it once, hated the smell of the liquid used to form the flower “skin”. The best-selling products of the 60s - how many do you remember? Also, the candy cigarettes you could buy at the liquor store that you could puff, and powder smoke would come out. Wow…Clackers! Thom McAn was a chain of shoe stores that had over 1,400 stores at its peak in the 1960s. I had or played with most of these toys. This new version of the Creepy Crawlers set once again used metal molds and a goop similar to the original. Some of the better antique towns have issues of the old catalogs from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Did you ever come across something called the Doozy Wheel? While there were far more dangerous toys, the concept of these is pretty lame and I don’t think today’s techno savvy, iPhone-toting kids would give them much thought. Introduced in the 1960s, super Mod Dip-a-Flower kits were a colorful and crafty kit. I have a blue hard thick plastic seat that is roundish, made by Marx. I wonder if today’s kids really enjoy this as much as we did – perhaps late Baby Boomers are the primary customers. It was a swing seat but one child climbed a ladder and sat on a top seat while the kid on the bottom stabilized the whole thing. Their popularity was revived by a 2010 animated TV show, also called "Pound Puppies," but the show ended in 2013 — and with that, sadly, the merchandise disappeared as well. After the plastic softened, the holder was moved to the other side, over a mold of the object to be formed. The backyard roller coaster was originally designed and manufactured by BLAZON Corp in my small hometown of Jamestown, PA. The only problem was that sometimes the balls would smack together so forcefully that they'd explode. It needed to be "fed," and would have a different personality depending on how often you trained it. Does anyone remember a toy that you sat in and rocked forward and backward until it went head over heels? Damn, I still bemoan the fact that my parents wouldn’t buy me that cool Schwinn Sting-Ray with a glittery metallic banana seat and handlebar streamers. This toy used a totally different type of goop and plastic molds, into which the heated Plastigoop was poured. Definitely my favorite childhood toy. Louis Marx was among the manufacturers of these super cool steel houses. For the new millennium, this was a huge deal. When the plastic cooled it solidified, creating a little model of the item, such as a car, boat, or tiny log cabin. The car had a little tractor seat, your legs were bent with knees up and little handles on either side. I actually had that bicycle and it was great. Unfortunately, it was just a prop that director John Hughes dreamt up to help Kevin's scheme. That’s certainly the case with the awkward … I’ve been trying to find it online for years and I can’t find it. It’s not that we were more resilient or had harder skulls – it’s because no injury surveillance systems were in place monitoring these injuries. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I cannot believe I played with this toy totally unsupervised starting at the age of 10! I was wearing flip-flops (I know, really brilliant), and when one of them grazed my bike, I naturally put my feet down and scraped the skin off all of my toes. You could finally take your favorite video games with you on the go. I loved it back then… . I too had this roller coaster and it was great! I loved overfilling the metal molds just slightly so I could peel off the excess. Features. I never saw the roller coaster, however, that sounds like it would have been fun. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I have this and wondered how much it would be worth? Your email address will not be published. Great fun. On a positive note, at least this toy encouraged physical activity, but I think today’s kids would say, meh! I spent hours in my room playing with this and spilling plastic goop on my carpet. The concept of the Thingmaker was first introduced in 1963, as an extension of Mattel’s “Vac-U-Maker” line. Their names were all appropriately '70s: Jill, Nan, Kate, and Sue. Hope your holiday is filled with many a delight. There's something cute and retro about their bubblebum pink ears and digital eyes. Erector Sets were super simple, but super popular. Their popularity could be attributed to their emotional manipulation — their hangdog eyes and sad face hanging out of a cardboard doghouse were impossible for kids to ignore on the shelf. A quick glance at a 70s-era toy catalog looks a whole lot like a 60s catalog. When I turned 6, I scored the mother of all S&H green stamps toys when my mom redeemed an enormous number of books at Wieboldt’s for an awesome Chein tin toy roller coaster. It attached to a water hose and when turned on, allowed you to run around underneath the falling water. I got mine in about 1960. I know my kit was from the Sears Wish Book and I made a paperweight with a silver Mexican coin. One version of this toy had a red bell-shaped object (that jingled inside) tied to a 2-foot plastic cord with a large yellow plastic ring on one end. It was a blast to ride and look really cool as long as the forks didn’t fall off. Cheers! In the next decade in the United States, employment is expected to increase by 11.5 million, but it is also projected that manufacturing and federal government jobs will decline. Well, although I loved all these things, I would probably never put my grandkids on them. In 1961, Wham-O introduced the original Slip ’N Slide®, which quickly became a popular summer favorite among kids around the world. People looked at me like I was crazy. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Overnight Camp Ushers in the End of Carefree Days and Childlike Innocence, http://boingboing.net/2015/07/20/why-the-strange-change-machine.html, http://www.angelfire.com/biz/toysoldierhq/Premiums.html. I always wondered if there was an extension of ladder track available, to make the ride last a little longer. I completely forgot about it but I’d spend hours heating those little plastic pieces and watching them unfold. Across the United States, a large number of local stores and store chains that started between the 1920s and 1950s have become defunct since the late 1960s, when many chains were either consolidated or liquidated.Some may have been lost due to mergers, while others were affected by a phenomenon of large store closings in the 2010s known as the retail apocalypse. The mixture would dry in minutes without heat. We had one in my kindergarten class until someone fell out and got hurt. These days, many of the toys being offered are based on a popular movie, television show or some other media influence. Well if kids today had an imagination these totally awesome toys would not be lame! The possibilities were elatingly endless. Kids who have been playing computer games since they were in diapers, with all sorts of other high-tech toys at their disposal, would likely turn up their noses at a few beloved toys of yesteryear. You could really get it going, over and over very fast. LOL, I remember a lot of those toys. there's always some toy kids are obsessed with, kites and yo-yos have been around since 1000 BCE, smack together so forcefully that they'd explode, received a makeover as well as Nickelodeon commercials, inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998, popularity of Pound Puppies was declining, enduring doll brands of the past six decades, earlier iterations of the Game Boy were discontinued, Echo dolls were only produced from 1962 to 1963, 22 photos that people born after 1999 won’t understand. Clackers were popular in the '60s and '70s and were very simple: just two acrylic balls attached to each end of a string, meant to be smacked together loudly. But, unlike HitClips, tapes contained two full songs, not just a 60-second snippet. I’m thankful I’m not a parent since I absolutely can’t stomach the insanely overprotective style of parenting nowadays. We lived in Pennsylvania at the time and my father was an aeronautics engineer. Older kids would use baby oil with iodine in it to prevent burns and would use a reflector to bake themselves in the sun. I remember that we had one of these, albeit briefly, and my kid sister skinned her chin when she overshot the end of the plastic. things from the 60s that no longer exist. But all good things come to an end. It needs some fine tuning, but is a great workout! Cheers for a happy, healthy, and toy-filled 2014! Simpler times! Chip, thank you for your post – I had all three. Country Living editors select each product featured. The Slip ‘N Slide and related products attained sales of more than 9 million units from 1961 through 1992. eye injuries, scratched corneas, and incidents of temporary blindness, broken teeth, a mild concussion, a broken rib, and facial lacerations that required stitches.". The Slip & Slide and Water Wiggle were 60’s toys we remember. I … I had this! Required fields are marked *. I don’t remember anyone getting hurt, do you? Damn that was dangerous, but the burning wood smell lives on in my memory! Kids came home and had to fend for themselves—and if had an older sibling to watch you, your parents probably weren't in any rush to get home. While HitClips were digital, Pocket Rockers were like carrying miniature 8-Tracks in your pocket. The first Game Boy was released in Japan in April 1989, and the world of gaming was forever changed. Unfortunately, Fisher Price was too early for the pocket music trend, and Pocket Rockers were only on the market from 1988 until 1991. It was an exciting time for play for all ages – not only were classics like dolls and teddies getting clever new updates, games consoles were appearing, giving us new technological addictions too. Halili was afflicted with infantile paralysis, no one from his sons took over the business, hence the death of the brand. Another favorite was pulling you out of the room by your ear. Speak & Spells stopped being produced in the '90s, and now there are hundreds of apps that kids can use that do the same thing — but without the weirdly endearing robot voice. Playing with a Skip-It was easy enough. Does anyone remember a 2 person merry go round that ran off of a garden hose ? Now, Skip-Its are hard to come by in their original form, if not impossible. Heck – style? Mar 26, 2020 - Great toys = Great childhood : ). Of course, placement was crucial. See more on this topic Comments. It was made out of painted metal and was raised from the ground like a merry-go-round. Sky Dancers, introduced in 1994, were dolls attached to a plastic base. Chatty Cathy really earned her name — if you pulled a string on her back, she'd say one of 11 pre programmed phrases. Back in the 50s and 60s, there was no consumer … Sometimes, it’s better to come second than first. Clackers went by many hilarious names in the late '60s and early '70s: Clankers, Click Clacks, Knockers, Bonkers, and Ker-Bangers. It would never be sold today. What used to be a local industry, with certain brands dominating a state or few, turned into a national industry, and many ubiquitous beers -- your Ballantines, Rheingolds and Falstaffs -- went out of business or were swallowed up. I had most of these toys. Here are a few familiar names that might have delighted you as a kid, but that no longer exist. It was a lot of fun, but no way it would pass modern safety standards today. I cannot believe I had a resin pouring kit when I was 10 or 11. Some of this might be for the better, like discontinuing Clackers, but others toys are still sorely missed, like Pound Puppies. That’s pretty much what we had. The metal doll house which I had. 11. In the 50s/60s in Germany we had plastic figures of ships, trains, cars, etc., about 40 mm in height and wide and and about 5 km thick. It’s practically the law with parents getting hassled by cops for allowing kids to do everyday normal things like play unattended or walk unaccompanied in the city. Deadly biking accidents weren’t publicized and if any prevention organizations existed, they certainly weren’t as active as they are today. Before television was 24/7 and five-hour marathons of Law & Order and Hoarders didn’t exist, people used to go to bed no later than 1:30 am, when television programming ended for the evening. (us old folks) . But who knows? My friend Myra once fell off her bike and suffered some bad scrapes on both knees and an elbow. Mom may have slathered you with suntan lotion, but to help your tan along not to protect your skin from harmful rays. Barbie is one of the most popular and enduring doll brands of the past six decades — but that doesn't mean we don't miss the others that have been lost along the way. They were such a hot toy that Wham-O could hardly keep up with the demand, at one point churning out 170,000 balls every day. You just held on and stayed in place by centrifugal force!! And biking continues to be a dangerous activity, but at least far more kids are wearing helmets now. We seemed to have more common sense than kids today. There are plenty of imitators, but the only original Skip-Its out now have been turned into the "Twister Rave Skip It Game." I just discovered a company in Michigan revived this toy in 2010 and they are available online. The slider’s forward momentum drives the body into the neck and compresses the spinal cord.”. Thingmaker Creepy Crawlers by Mattel was by far my absolute favorite toy as a kid and I got my first one in 1968. Two colorful acrylic spheres measuring about 2 inches in diameter were suspended from two strings. Plastic toys eventually overtook the metal Erector Sets, which were discontinued in the '80s. 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