Sunday, August 13, 2017

T O Y S and P L A Y I N G . . . in the past

ROCK'em SOCK'em Robots
ROCK'em SOCK'em Robots with controls for two players,  a modern version of an ancient game
      
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Middle Ages toy rock'em sock'em
rock'em sock'em marionettes in the Middle Ages
        
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Robo, 1988 toy boom box
 this 1988 toy shows how period design is evident in every object
      
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George Wolfe Plank 1916
two adults abandoning social norms in 1916,  by George Wolfe Plank
Click image twice for full size
      
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1960s metal clicker toy
A 1960s metal clicker (back view) was an affordable 
noisemaker for a kid's pocket.  Hands in pockets . . .
a casual pose . . . and loud mysterious clicking
      
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Edward Gorey, schoolgirls
an Edward Gorey drawing of schoolgirls at play    See it full size
      
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excercise + imagination = a healthy body and mind
      
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a 1700s mechanical doll illustration
a 1700s mechanical doll for girls . . . at close look,  it seems to have strong
style and 'attitude' just like some modern dolls do
       
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child's doll 1970?
a girl's doll,  around 1970?
      
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1820 boys game
 a boys' game in 1820
      
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ECKHA, Milton Bradley 1889 advertisement
it sounds like a sneeze
 an 1889 board game by Milton Bradley  (now called Hasbro Toys)
      
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firecrackers package, devil's delight
devil's choice  -  demon's delight  -  possessed by the possessed  -  thunder bombs
      
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Charles Addams cartoon
a Charles Addams cartoon 
       
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1920 Coney Island amusement park postcard
The Dragon's Gorge amusement ride at 1920 Coney Island USA . . .
'a scenic railroad trip'   see full size
                
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1930 peddlecar, G-man cruiser
 1930s?
      
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1960s short range Bazooka toy
This 1960s 'short range' Bazooka launched big hollow plastic shells only a couple of feet,  and the plastic camouflage soon broke from the helmet.  The poorly shaped strapless helmet slipped from the head at the slightest tilt. WAR games were really all about hunting and evading each other.  Boys played war outdoors in all weather,  then flopped in front of the television to absorb electronic junk-food and eat chemicals.  Bazooka.
      
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1830s kaleidoscope fad, illustration
a group of twits with a kaleidoscope,  1830s?
      
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Tuck's Half Masks, 1911 gag novelty
1911 novelty masks:  these choices would have represented  the most
 easily recognized popular culture figures of the period. 
      
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Empty 1972 bumper cars in a cold bleak parking lot:  dad smokes a cigarette
while the kid rides around alone . . . then it's back to his mother's house.
      
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Coleco 1980, Electronic Quarterback
1980
           
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This is an 1882 doll for adult male societies, 
included in a children's toy catalog
click twice for full size
      
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1811 street gang, bad boys
 1811 rough-housing boys disturbing the serenity
      
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Testors model paints photograph
Testors model paints for lonely boys and their model cars
         
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1911, early plastic toys
 1911, early plastic toys
         
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Don Martin cartoon
a Don Martin cartoon 
       
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 1892 playtime
      
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Gahan Wilson
two Gahan Wilson cartoons
       
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Gahan Wilson
        
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mechanical toy frog 1911, illustrated advertisement
1911
     
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