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Miniature Menagerie



A portrait of the once-proud USA squeaky-toy industry in its glory days, before Asia kicked our squeaky butt.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Technology, Toys, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #243


Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Music, Toys, 1960's

Tarco Space Pilot Helmet, 1952

The sound of whizzing in space.




[via bifurcated rivets]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Space Travel, Headgear, 1950's

Texaco Fire Chief Speaker Hat







I don't think the gal in the third video is wearing one....

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 26, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Toys, Headgear, 1960's

Barbie Head Shoes

More strange Barbie stuff. Included in footwear designer Jeffrey Campbell's summer 2013 collection are shoes that have clear, lucite heels filled with the heads of Barbie dolls. There's also a version filled with Ken heads. Of course, these shoes are now all the rage in Japan. [via RocketNews24]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 23, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Shoes

Barbie - now with acne!

Strange Barbie dolls have been a recurring theme here at WU. We've seen scaled-up Barbie, makeup-free Barbie, non-human Barbie, Ancient Minoan culture illustrated with Barbie, Virgin Mary Barbie doll, etc.

So the latest strange Barbie in the news doesn't even seem all that strange, by comparison. It's "Normal Barbie." Created by artist Nickolay Lamm, this doll (which he's calling Lammily), is designed with measurements similar to those of an average 19-year old woman. Also, it comes with stickers allowing you to customize it with freckles, stretch marks, acne, moles, cellulite, and blushing cheeks.


Barbie has acne
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 21, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Toys

The Atomiscope

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Did this actually have radium inside it? How many cancers did this cause, carried about in Dennis the Menace's pockets?

Unfortunately, I've lost the source of this ad. Can anyone help?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 05, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Death, Toys, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940's

How to make a roller-skating witch

Instructions from Humpty Dumpty Magazine - Oct 1954. via And Everything Else Too (which has full-size scans).





Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 31, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Holidays, Toys

Loony Lids, 1951 toy

Sold by The Ideal Toy Corp: "Inflatable Vinylite headpieces for children, built in the shape of lions, elephants, horses, and roosters. A few puffs of air inflate each 'lid,' and a cord under the chin secures it."

Insanity quickly follows.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Oct 26, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Toys, 1950's

Hasbro’s Mr. Carrot Head



Is it just me, or was there more creativity in the old days, when you could use "any fruit or vegetable" with Mr. Potato Head, and arrange the features anyplace on the head, instead of in the pre-drilled slots?

I was also curious if "play doctor" sets were still made, and they certainly are, as you can see in the link below. Thank goodness children are still abetted in their, ahem, innocent early vocational explorations!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 19, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Toys, 1950's
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