Monday, December 7, 2009
Confusing description, isn’t it?
Anyway, determined to find a photo to send along with the email, I searched the vast online network and came up with zilch, nada, nothing similar to the toy I had. Instead, I discovered something even better. I discovered a treasure trove of fond memories.
I discovered classic toys I haven’t seen since 4 years of age. These are toys you won’t even see on shelves today unless it is in a retro store. Please take a moment to walk along with me during this photo show.
I had a top similar to this - completely metal as my hand pumped the handle on top until it spun fast enough to stand on its own. I don’t remember if it had a circus scene like this one. The pictures were so faded I couldn’t make out what it was . . . not that it really mattered. Once it spun fast enough, I paid no attention to the pictures while more interested to see whether the top would go bouncing off the furniture.
Is there anyone who didn’t have a farm set? I had three, all with the little Playskool people and farm animals. My favorite had a chute on the side with a lever where you could flick the plastic hay bales up onto the slide and down into the waiting cart.
Wow! Now this one brought back memories and made me write this post. I had a screen musical box. The top button was to switch it on. The large button was to wind the toy up. It played songs while the picture slid on movable rollers in the box. I remember two songs: Row your Boat and London Bridge. Sometimes, the paper wouldn’t slide to match the music and I had to use hands to move it along until everything was right.
There were such wonderful toys to have during my childhood. Does anyone else have a fond memory of a classic toy they used to have?