Archive for March, 2010

Start ‘em Young

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

It’s good to teach kids a saleable skill when they’re young, and the fine folks at Little Goldie Books obviously agree. Of course, many of the kids who read this book blew themselves up before their first deal. Maybe being a pharmacist would be a little more profitable and well, you know, legal. Found at D’s Grocery in Apple Creek, OH.

You KNOW you want this.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

That’s right. Don’t deny it. You’d sell your little sister to science AND do the Electric Boogaloo for the rest of your life for this bad boy. Is there a more radical, awesome, iconic relic that encapsulates the entire decade of the eighties better? I think not. This blindingly tinted breakdancin’ pinball piece of paradise is on loan from Renob’s Antiques in Black Rock, NM.

Fun for Boys (and Girls.. I guess)

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Whether Dustin Hoffman started a new trend in the early eighties or just gave an existing trend a reason to “come out”, this toy make-up kit didn’t reap the benefits sales-wise, and was quickly gone and forgotten. I guess little boys will have to continue pilfering their mothers’ vanities to find ways to express themselves. This transgender gem comes courtesy of a private collector in Yuba City, CA.

Monkeys By Mail

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


Today we step back into reality for a moment. We’re not by any means the first to post about this real comic book ad from the 60’s, but the part that always got me was the “live delivery guaranteed” line. Did they have a problem with this early on and then amend the ad once they got things lined out? Just how many people were horrified (and birthdays ruined) by having a dead monkey delivered to their door? Let’s all be glad the days of mail-order monkeys are past.

Interesting “Strike” Zone..

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

It’s time to visit the Toy Rack again! Being a fan of pinball (even those tiny bagatelle type party favors), I fell immediately in love with these Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama toys. I, like many guys at the time, had always dreamed of scoring with Linnea Quigley, and this toy now gives me that chance. And I don’t think the scoring hole positions were a coincidence!

Did They Even See the Movie? Pt. 2

Friday, March 19th, 2010


Once again assumption creates awkwardness. I suppose I could possibly forgive this one to an extent. I mean, Clint Eastwood plays a cop, cops use handcuffs, and hey, there’s even a pair on the movie poster. What could possibly be wrong with it? Scenes with Genevi√®ve Bujold would soon answer that question. Found at the Milk Mart in Flagler, CO.

Tweezers Not Included

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A hundred years ago, toy soldiers were made entirely of lead, and now people freak out when they find a little lead paint. This example of a good old fashioned toy makes me reminiscent of the days when toys weren’t so boringly safe. Kids want a little danger in their lives! This cute little duckie comes courtesy of the Antique Traders in Ooltewah, TN.

Looking for Mr. BlueCrayon

Monday, March 15th, 2010


From the Judith Rossner novel to the movie starring Diane Keaton to the coloring book, this story has so many lessons to teach all ages. Set your crayon box to 70’s and remember to stay inside the lines (yeah, the ones on that mirror there). What a crazy romp! This iconic piece of coloring book history was picked up at Gavin’s Grocery in Beaver Dam, KY.

“They Poisoned the Pizza!”

Friday, March 12th, 2010


Now here’s a rare find. Everybody knows you’re nobody until you’re made into a ViewMaster reel. This reel immortalizes the 1975 classic film starring Al Pacino and the late John Cazale. Each frame brings this twisted tale to life in eye-popping 3-D! It was found misplaced in a reel envelope from “The Black Hole”. Make up your own jokes about that.

Childhood Nightmares

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010


There was a time when, if I had the power, I would have destroyed every last one of these monstrosities in existence. But now, since I’ve matured, I only find them quaintly disturbing. At least the makers of this specimen were honest about its effects on innocent children. The box took most of the damage while protecting the monkey itself, which was purchased from a private collector in Alvin, IL.