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Simplex Typewriter



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Original ad here.

From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Toys, Comics, 1940's, Nineteenth Century

Tattoo Baby Dolls

An art project by Sherri Wood. Check out the full gallery of her dolls at her site, daintytime.com.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Toys, Tattoos

When Barbie Met Ken



Who ever knew it happened at a dance?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 02, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Toys, Teenagers, 1960's

Jeez!  The Kid’s Got a Real Gun!

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What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?

Original ad here. (On page 35.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 24, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death, Toys, Comics, 1940's

VertiBird!







Kids these days, with their miraculous untethered toy helicopters! How could they ever know the true joy of a helicopter at the end of a rod?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 10, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Flight, Toys, Advertising, 1970's

Space Trainer

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Original article here.

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Original ad here.

Undoubtedly nicknamed "the vomit comet," like the famous edge-of-space jet flight trainer.

Used by "schools for the blind"...?!?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 28, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Brain Damage, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

1970s Electronic Games







Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 23, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Toys, Advertising, Computers, 1970's

The Incredible Dr. Steel



I suspect that Dr. Steel, Big Jim and Big Jeff were just showing off for each other prior to a gay orgy of epic proportions.

And by the way: what parent would buy this toy based on the incredibly primitive drawing in the newspaper ad below? And why are the Doc's pants photorealistic, and the rest of him just like a stick figure?

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Toys, Martial Arts, 1970's

You Be the Electronic Man!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 30, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Robots, Toys, 1950's

The Great Garloo



How many toy trains sets were destroyed by Garloo? Although his fearsomeness is somewhat weakened by his receiving a smooch from the little girl.

In color!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Fictional Monsters
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