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Toys

Fly-Operated Turtle

Patent No. 1,591,905, granted to Oscar C. Williams of San Diego, CA in 1926, described this curious device.

It was a toy turtle. Its body was made of wood or aluminum, while the head, legs, and tail were made from lightweight cork. The user was supposed to insert several flies into the hollow body of the turtle. Their agitations once inside, as they sought to escape, would then cause the movable parts of the turtle to wag from side to side, as if the creature was alive.

I can see several drawbacks. First, you would have to catch some flies and maneuver them (alive) into the turtle. This was done by squeezing them through the leg hole. Handling a fly in this way seems like it could be a challenge.

And once in there, I imagine you'd have to wait until the flies died to get them back out. So, essentially, it was a fly torture device.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 22, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Insects, Inventions, Toys, 1920s

The Gay Bob Doll



Read the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 22, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Toys, 1970s, LGBT

Thuggies Dolls

Introduced in 1993, Thuggies were dolls that came with a "rap sheet". As described in the Philadelphia Daily News (Feb 3, 1993):

Carolyn Clark claims that playing with make-believe crooks helps young children avoid becoming real one. To that end, Clark and her partner, Rennie Resmini, both Philadelphians, have designed “Thuggies,” a line of 17 dolls.

Each comes packaged in a cardboard “jail cell” with a “rap sheet” describing his or her crime — and the penalty being paid. For instance, “Bonnie Ann Bribe” is said to be serving time by reading to senior citizens an hour a day. Bonnie, who did not read in first grade, wanted to bribe her way through school. “Dwight Collared Grimes,” who wears a pin-striped suit and a tie and, according to his rap sheet, used to have his hand in other people’s cookie jars, is said to be “presently on cookie-baking duty.”

According to Clark, the positive effect of cuddling these criminals comes from the notion that the doll’s young owner plays a role in “reforming” them. She explained that the dolls, expected to cost about $35 each, have a report card that explains what they have to do to go straight.




Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 17, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Toys, 1990s

Mining Accident Dolls

In 1922, the Bureau of Mines created a series of educational dolls to illustrate common mining injuries, and how they should be dealt with in an emergency. The dolls were exhibited at various mining centers. According to Popular Mechanics (Sep 1929) the dolls were also "intended to serve as a safety warning.”

As far as I know, there's never been a Mining Accident Barbie (or Ken).

Popular Mechanics - Sep 1929

Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 10, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Toys, 1920s

Juvenile Offender

Throw the book at her!

Source.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 21, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Crime, Toys, Children, 1930s, Postal Services

Midge, Barbie & Ken



After learning "the three of them go everywhere together," the occasion of a masked ball tips it over into EYES WIDE SHUT territory.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 14, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Sexuality, Toys, 1960s

Remco Monkey Gun

Nerf missiles? For wimps!



Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 15, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Destruction, Toys, 1960s, Weapons

Playskool Play ‘n’ Learn Computer

Same hardware that took Apollo to the moon!



Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 01, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Toys, Computers, 1970s

Marvelous Milking Cow

With "pretend milk"!

More details

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 04, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Toys, Cows, 1970s

Hardcore Toilet for Wrestling Action Figures

It's a miniature toilet (3 inches tall) intended as an accessory for WWE Wrestling Action Figures. The product description notes: "Lids goes up and down and top lids is removable like a real toilet... Perfect for all past and present wrestling figures!"

I guess even action figures need to use a toilet every now and then.

Available on Amazon for $13.99.


via Worst Things for Sale

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 01, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Bathrooms, Toys

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