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The Slinky Toy – Didn’t We All Play With This?

The Slinky Toy

Didn’t we all have one of these?

* The Slinky is a toy that is a precompressed helical spring. It was invented by Richard James, a naval engineer, in the early 1940s.

* It was demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia in 1945. It immediately became a hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in 90 minutes.

* The Slinky was originally priced at $1 and has remained modestly priced throughout its history.

* The Slinky is best known for being able to travel down a flight of stairs. It goes end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the help of gravity and its own momentum.

* The Slinky was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2000.

* Slinky was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List.” This is a roll call of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the twentieth century. That’s quite an honor!!

*It has been estimated that in its first 60 years Slinky has sold 300 million units.

*In 1999, the United States Postal Service issued a Slinky postage stamp.

*The rules that govern the mechanics of a slinky are due to Hooke’s law (a principal of physics) and the effects of gravitation.

*Plastic Slinky toys are also available. They were marketed in the 1970s as a safer alternative to metal slinkys. (As they did not present a hazard when inserted into electrical sockets!)

*The plastic spring slinky toy, known as the Plastic Slinky was invented by Donald James Reum, Sr. of Master Mark Plastics in Albany, Minnesota.

*The good news is – you can buy a metal original giant slinky! Yes, you, your kids and grand kids can all play with it.  And, you will have fun reminiscing and telling stories about your childhood. Just do a search online for availability. They make great gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

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From the National Toy Hall of Fame:

An advertisement with a memorable jingle familiarized a national customer base. “What walks down stairs alone or in pairs and makes a slinkety sound? A spring a spring, a marvelous thing. Everyone knows it’s Slinky!” Slinkys glided effortlessly down stairs on television, but alas most household steps proved too tall and wide for long descents. Still, at the end of the 20th century and 250 million Slinkys later, people continued to buy them.

Slinky Toy – Fun for all ages!

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Wax Bottle Candy – Oh, What Fun!

Wax bottle candy was created in the early 1900s and is officially known as Nik-L-Nip. It is now marketed by Tootsie Roll Industries.

The brand name (Nik-L-Nip) is a combination of the original cost of a nickel and the preferred way to open the wax bottle which was to bite off the top (Nip). Once the top of the small, bottle-shaped wax containers has been bitten off, one can drink the fruit-flavored syrup inside. Afterward the wax can be chewed like gum.

Although the wax bottles are food-grade and non-toxic, they are not meant to be eaten. The juice inside the wax bottles comes in a variety of flavors.

wax bottle candy - a popular candy for Baby Boomers as they were growing up

What was your favorite flavor of wax bottle candy?

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Old Rustic Birdcage Brings Back Memories!

This old rustic birdcage sure brings back fond memories. My mother always had a couple of yellow canaries, and one of my household chores was to clean the cage. I liked the birds but didn’t really like cleaning the cage!

Facts about canaries:

1) They are the domesticated form of the wild Canary.

2) They are a small songbird in the finch family.

3) The birds are named after Spain’s Canary Islands.

4) Canaries were once used on a regular basis in coal mines as an early warning system of toxic gases.

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Old Rustic Birdcage Brings Back Fond Memories!

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Love this Vintage Luggage!

We find ourselves drawn to vintage luggage because it has character and stories to tell! Just wish we had some of the pieces that we used when growing up.

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This is an especially nice set showing the pink interior.

 

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Brief History on the Shift from Trunks to Suitcases:

The late 19th century marked a major shift in the history of transportation, as more people started traveling for leisure. Prominent luggage and leather manufacturers like Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company started making suitcases in addition to their tried-and-true trunks. This company eventually changed its name to Samsonite. It was named for the biblical figure Samson, because of his strength.

The shift to suitcases accelerated in the 1930s as commercial flights began to replace steamships and trains. But the early versions, clunky contraptions made of leather and wood, were a far cry from today’s suitcases. The “suit-cases” or “suit cases” were designed to hold suits. And, of course, today we put any and everything in our suit cases!

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 Any ideas on the time period for this vintage luggage?

 

For more reminiscing: Tick Tock – The Vintage Alarm Clock!

 

 

 

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3 Coca-Cola TV Ads That We Can’t Forget

Coca-Cola advertisers have been bringing Coke products into our homes for decades. In the past they have won a Brand Icon award from Clio. There are many memorable Coca-Cola commercials and their jingles are hard to forget.  Ten of the most Iconic Coca-Cola TV Ads were shared over on The Huffington Post a while back . Here are three of our favorites. Do you have any jingles that have stuck with you?

 

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Throwback Thursday Geritol and Red Skelton

Geritol and Red Skelton!

This is from The Red Skelton Show – February 1954

Watch the Geritol commercial…then the Show.

Remember “Geritol”?  A fix-all tonic widely advertised on TV and radio.

Then and Now Photos of Geritol!  I guess it is still around in some form.

(photo from tvdays.com)

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Watch this Black & White TV broadcast and laugh!

 

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Geritol and Red Skelton…Fun Times!
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Top 50 Love Songs of All Time

Since February is the month of Love, we are posting the Top 50 Love Songs of All Time with the word “love” in them. This comes from Billboard’s Hot 100 Hits.

The music covers all seven decades of the Hot 100’s history. You might say it’s proof that while musical fads change with every generation, love songs will never go out of style.

Rankings are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. A point system is used depending on whether the song was No. 1 or No. 100 and everything in between.

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Here are the Top 10 of the Top 50 Love Songs of All Time:

You can even listen to a short clip of the music by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

#10. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles (1962)

#9.  “Best of My Love” – The Emotions (1977)

#8.  “Because I Love You (The Postman Song) Stevie B (1990)

#7.  “Let Me Love You” – Mario (2005)

#6.  “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (1992)

#5.  “Silly Love Songs” – Wings (1976)

#4.  “How Deep is Your Love” – Bee Gees (1977)

#3.  “We Found Love” – Rhianna (2011)

#2.  “I’ll Make Love to You” – Boyz II Men (1994)

#1.  “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)

Which love songs would you put in the Top 10?

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Top 50 Love Songs of All Time – Have fun reminiscing!
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Tick Tock – The Vintage Alarm Clock!

Thomas Edison once said, “Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” The alarm clock woke us, with a loud buzzing or beeping sound, from precious time sleeping to begin our days. Alarm clocks have certainly evolved since they were first introduced.

 

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Did You Know?

  1. The very first alarm clock dates back to the 400’s BC. Plato was said to have owned a water clock, with an unknown signal, that woke him for his early morning lectures. Water clocks were used for many years.
  2. The first clock known to strike once each hour was in Damascus, Syria. It was constructed by an Arab engineer in 1154. Beginning in the 14th century, clock towers in Europe were introduced and capable of chiming on the hour. The most famous clock tower still standing is located in Venice.
  3. Mechanical alarm clocks, set by the user, date back as far as the 15th century. But it wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that a French inventor patented the first adjustable mechanical alarm clock.
  4. In 1942 during World War II production of the alarm clock, like many other goods, ceased so that factories could be used for war work. By 1944 production was resumed for the alarm clock, because many of the clocks that were being used began to fail and men were late for their scheduled shifts for their jobs that were critical to the war effort. Pre-war designs were made as well as new designs.
  5. The first radio alarm clock was introduced in the 1940’s. A clock radio is an alarm clock and an AM/FM radio integrated in one device. They are integrated so that the radio’s sound may be used as an alarm. This allows the sleeper to be awakened by radio music/news or a buzzer sound.
  6. Traditional mechanical alarm clocks have one or two bells that ring by means of a mainspring. This powers a gear to propel a hammer back and forth between the two bells or between the interior sides of a single bell. In some models, the back encasement of the clock itself acts as the bell.
  7. In an electric bell-style alarm clock, the bell is rung by an electromagnetic circuit and armature that turns the circuit on and off repeatedly.

Alarm clock

Do you still have an alarm clock? For many households, alarm clocks have gone by the wayside in favor of Smart phones and other popular devices. Maybe, if you go to grandma and grandpa’s house, you will see one or two vintage alarm clocks!  Source…

A Piece of History – The Alarm Clock!

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Throwback Thursday – Butterfinger Candy Bar

OK…Tell yourself you need to head to the store and get a…Butterfinger Candy Bar.

 

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It’s been around for a long time, now go out and get one!

The Butterfinger candy bar was created in 1923 in Chicago Illinois by Otto Schnering. It is currently manufactured by Nestlé. The bar consists of a flaky, crisp, peanut butter-flavored center covered with compound chocolate.

Related to the Butterfinger candy bar is a small bar with bite-sized pieces of Butterfinger called Butterfinger Bites.

Butterfingers are used in other food items, such as, ice cream and other frozen desserts. If you ‘crunch them up,’ you can use them as sprinkles on a variety of cakes, cookies and pies. Be creative with them!

Some candy bars stand the “test of time” and Butterfinger certainly does that. Ask Baby Boomers and anyone else Over 50 about Butterfingers, and they will know exactly what you’re talking about. No doubt, they will say they like them!

Do you know how popular they are? With 2010 sales of $598 million, Butterfinger has become increasingly popular. It has typically ranked as the eleventh most popular candy bar sold in the $17.68 billion United States chocolate confectionery market between 2007 and 2010.

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Things We No Longer Do Because of Technology

With technology touching every part of our lives, we no longer do simple things like writing ‘thank you’ notes, looking up a phone number in an address book or numerous other activities.

These activities had the essence of simplicity of life, but today we no longer practice them, as technology has invaded our fast-paced lives.

We have chosen a list of activities that many people no longer do on a daily or frequent basis. You may feel these activities have enriched your life or you may feel that you would like to go back to the ‘good ol’ days’!

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 ‘Comment’ below and tell us if you still engage in any of these activities?

  1. Make photo albums
  2. Have a CD collection
  3. Pay bills at the counter
  4. Call the 24-hr operator to know the exact time
  5. Call a theater to get accurate movie show times
  6. Record your favorite programs using a VHS recorder
  7. Preserve paper clippings
  8. Own an encyclopedia
  9. Use public phone booth
  10. Remember to take cash when going out
  11. Gift books
  12. Develop a film for photographs
  13. Play Scrabble
  14. Use telephone landlines
  15. Pay by check
  16. Carry plenty of change
  17. Write ‘Thank You’ notes
  18. Visit a travel agent
  19. Use a telephone directory
  20. Carry a notepad and pen
  21. Carry portable cassette players and cassettes
  22. Check a map before or during a journey
  23. Remember phone numbers
  24. Make mix tapes of your favorite music
  25. Send handwritten letters
  26. Own an analogue radio
  27. Alarm clock
  28. Watch TV shows at the time they are broadcast
  29. Buy flowers from a florist
  30. Buy newspapers
  31. Have a newspaper delivered at your door
  32. Keep printed bills and card statements

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