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    Sep 14, 2013 12:56 AM GMT
    Dredge up something you remember from your childhood that we no longer see. Bonus points if it was tacky and your family had one/them.

    Are you old enough to remember Swiss cuckoo clocks?

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    The not so old might remember the Beanie Baby craze.

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    Sep 14, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    Yes, I have the cuckoo clock that my Dad sent home from Germany when he was in the army, in the 50's. It has wooden gears. It used to work when I was a kid, but not for years now. (He also sent a drinking stein with a music box in the bottom that plays when you open the lid to take a swig. Still works.)

    The first time I went on a field trip in the woods in Spain, in the spring, I kept thinking I was hearing people's clocks going off at weird times. icon_confused.gif That old thing really did sound like a cuckoo!

    Dammit... I wasn't going to respond to another one of these threads...
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
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    I wish I had one of the originals but they stopped making those because you could take them apart and children kept swallowing the parts.
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    Some of my nerdy favorite TV shows as a kid... let's see if anyone remembers these...

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    Sep 14, 2013 1:10 AM GMT
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    I collected all sorts of puppets too. I bet few would know the name of this ventriloquist dummy I had.
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    It was my job to operate one of these when I was a kid:
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    Also one of these: (But cleaning it up afterwards was the hard part. There are like, a zillion little parts inside.)
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    In fact, I still have both of those, too.
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    Yes, I am young.

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    Sep 14, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    Stick-ups, those things you stuck on furniture to keep the room smelling fresh.

    VCR Plus was the DVR of the day when I was growing up. The codes were be listed in TV Guide. It still works, but of course not many people are using VHS anymore.
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:38 AM GMT
    8 track player. We used to have a nifty portable one from Sony. Unfortunately, I can't find a pic.
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
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  • MikeW

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    Sep 14, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
    Black & White TV:

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    Stuff I watched on said B/W TV (in no particular order):

    Howdy Doody:

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    Captain Kangaroo:

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    Winky Dink:

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    Circus Boy:

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    Sky King:

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    Walt Disney:

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    Omnibus:

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    Art Linkletter:

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    Leonard Bernstein's Children's Concerts:

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    The Ed Sullivan Show:

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    Rawhide:

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    Burns and Allen:

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    Twilight Zone:

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    The Outer Limits:

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    The Beverly Hillbillies:

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    Jack Benny:

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    The Honeymoooners:

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    The Rifleman:

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    The Jack Paar Show:

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    Etc.
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Cell phones have pretty much killed these off, although you do occasionally see pay phones with the metal thing close around them.

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    And then there are pagers, and rotary phones.
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    elektrisk564 saidYes, I am young.

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    Were cassettes before your time?
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    xrichx said8 track player. We used to have a nifty portable one from Sony. Unfortunately, I can't find a pic.


    Yessss! I also have specific memories of my mother's Abba 8-track.
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    xrichx said8 track player. We used to have a nifty portable one from Sony. Unfortunately, I can't find a pic.

    What amazes me about the 8 track is that the head moved up and down to change tracks. So crude, and yet effective.
  • MikeW

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    Sep 14, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    Toys I played with as a kid:

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    I was actually driving one of these things by the time I was 8yo:

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    (Chemistry Set):
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    Yes, I was a precocious little farm boy brat...

    from outer space:

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    Etc.

  • MikeW

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    Sep 14, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Technology of my childhood/youth era:

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    Push-button auto transmission WOAH!

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    LOL:

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    And we can't forget Sputnik 1:

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    nor Univac:

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    Etc.

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    Sep 14, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    MikeW said
    Winky Dink:

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    Winky Dink is one of my favorite silly early TV concepts, a kind of interactive programming that required you to buy something in order to participate.

    My parents bought me a Winky Dink kit like these kids are using. You got a clear plastic sheet that covered the TV screen, along with some special crayons that could wipe off fairly easily.

    The animated cartoon character Winky Dink would have various adventures on screen, and at different points he would find himself needing help to continue, in the form of stairs, ropes, bridges, and so forth, or some hand object to use. So he'd ask the kids at home to draw them for him on the screen.

    Single lines would appear briefly on the screen, which the kids would try to trace, eventually building an entire object. Then Winky would walk over it, or climb it, or whatever, and be helped.

    Except, some little kids got too excited seeing Winky sometimes in trouble, and they're hit the screen with all kinds of objects. Those old glass cathode ray tubes exploded like bombs.

    Plus other kids, not having the official kit, figured that could use their own regular Crayola crayons instead, directly on the TV screen. Except ordinary crayon is very hard to remove, and Mom would find the TV screen obscured with a waxy mess. Then she'd douse the screen with Windex or some other cleaner, and discover another thing you should never do with a tube TV. ZAP!!!

    Lastly, kids quickly realized that Winky was going to cross a bridge anyway, whether one was there or not. So that interest in going through all this bother to help him by drawing something soon faded, and the story lines were pretty lame & repetitious, anyway.

    Ah, early TV. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 14, 2013 3:47 PM GMT
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    This unit has heavy ceramic doors on the sides with a deep red bakelite base, circa 1930-40. Made in Australia, 240 volt.
    It was a gift to my parents by a neighbour when they first moved in their first house in Queensland , my dad still uses it every day ...

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    Sep 14, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    My first computer...

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    Go to school with those forearm bruises=instant knock on the door from CPS...icon_surprised.gif
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    Sep 14, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    I used wooden telephone booths like this as a kid. Notice the separate ear & mouth pieces, like candlestick table phones had, the non-coiled cord covered in fabric. Cost was a nickle, what I used to phone Mom to come pick me up after the kids Saturday morning movie matinee, another obsolescence from my youth. As you can also see, telephone numbers included names, not all digits.

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    Sep 14, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    My first laptop!


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    Sep 14, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    As a child, watching the Saturday morning cartoons and kiddie shows, I dreamed of when I would "grow up" and own a southwest ranch, wear a pearl white Stetson hat, fly my own Cesena airplane and land it on my ranch's landing strip, as "SkyKing" did.






    (Yes, one has to be "of a certain age" to understand and appreciate this television reference.)
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    Sep 14, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    rnch saidAs a child, watching the Saturday morning cartoons and kiddie shows, I dreamed of when I would "grow up" and own a southwest ranch, wear a pearl white Stetson hat, fly my own Cesena airplane and land it on my ranch's landing strip, as "SkyKing" did.

    (Yes, one has to be "of a certain age" to understand and appreciate this television reference.)

    And remember his niece Penny, and that the plane was called the "Songbird" (both the original radial engine version and its more modern replacement).