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Isa Leal at Labbodies

How can we ever honestly tell a young child again that it is wrong to play inside plastic bags?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 03, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art, Children, 2010's



Here is an old British toy that had a lot of good intentions, but also some unanticipated drawbacks.

Buildings were constructed on allegedly waterproof waxed card bases. The bricks etc. were stuck together with a mortar made from a mixture of flour and chalk powder. It required a great amount of skill to erect buildings accurately, very time-consuming and beyond the patience of most of the children it was aimed at (8 to 14 years). Especially so in cold houses (as most British homes then were) it would take several days for the building to 'set'. Reusing the components involved a process of dunking the entire model in a large bowl of warm water. After the model fell apart the bricks and plaster pieces required lengthy rinsing to remove all organic traces to prevent mould growing on them.

I wonder how well they sold in the USA, as touted in the ad below, from Boys Life for September 1948.


Fan page.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 20, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Toys, Children, Europe, Twentieth Century

Rent Boys of Central Park

1963 was a more innocent time, when the idea of young boys renting themselves out to strangers in Central Park wasn't anything to be concerned about.

Newsweek - Sep 2, 1963

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 14, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Children, 1960's

Awesome Prank

Three year old Hailo cab company celebrates with a three year old cabbie, kind of.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Aug 09, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Anniversary, Pranks and Revenge, Children

Mystery Illustration 7


What is the meaning of this display?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 08, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Children, 1940's

Bicycle Clown

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 15, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, PSA's, Children, 1950's

Ice Cream as Health Food


Original ad here. (Scroll to the left.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 13, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Advertising, Children, Junk Food, Nutrition, 1930's, Australia

A Strange Pet


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 06, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Children, 1910's, Australia

Captain Z-Ro

Wikipedia page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 31, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Television, Children, Science Fiction, 1950's

Sex Ed.

Teacher arranged for middle school students to use a storage room for sex. At least he bought condoms for them.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed May 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Children, Can't Possibly Be True, Sex
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