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Favorite childhood toys and youthful memories

By Mr68

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#5251 9 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Early 80s is when the calculator watches hit the scene.
Everybody I worked with was wearing these calculator watches. You did not have to bother with asking for the time; Anybody that walked up was flashing their arm and showing off their calc watch. Me: " Hey great man. Nice watch. I see it is time for lunch. I'll talk to you later".
I don't think anyone ever bothered to do more with their calc watch other tell then time.
To this day, I don't wear a watch. My mom got me a Timax watch for a gift one time. I had to wear it until it broke. And, yeah, it kept on ticking---until it broke.
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This morning I open up pinside and I do not see any pictures. I get the white question mark inside of a blue box icon. Is anybody else having this problem? I cannot even see the pic of the calculator watch I put up yesterday.

So, is it a problem with pinside? Or a problem with my ISP? Or a problem with my Mac Pro that Apple would like me to trash because I am extending its life cycle beyond what Apple deems appropriate?

#5252 9 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

This morning I open up pinside and I do not see any pictures. I get the white question mark inside of a blue box icon. Is anybody else having this problem? I cannot even see the pic of the calculator watch I put up yesterday.
So, is it a problem with pinside? Or a problem with my ISP? Or a problem with my Mac Pro that Apple would like me to trash because I am extending its life cycle beyond what Apple deems appropriate?

got the same thing, network issue that seems to have worked its self out

#5253 9 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

That reminded me of riding around on these little hand cars when I was a kid. They had some at Kiddieland, a small old-school Chicagoland amusement park (eventually torn down to make room for a Costco). I never got hurt on them, but they seemed kind of dangerous to me. I wondered how often little fingers got caught under the wheels.

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We had a Kiddieland in Wichita, too.

I recall riding some of those hand-cranked rail cars. I do not remember where or when, but I think I probably had good time.

#5254 9 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

We use to sell dozens a day of this watch and a few others.
Retail I think was $300-$500 then, to go with leisure suits, platform shoes, and Jordache Jeans!
The batteries would die from 1-3 months, depending on usage.
People would line up outside the door to replace batteries.....
Strange times gone.
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I had Bulova Caravelle digital watch similar to those. At the time, I was running a self-serve gas station and convenience store and some dude came in one night and traded it for a carton of cigarettes; Cartons were selling for $20.00 in 1977. One of my customers owned a local jewelry store; He said I made good trade as the watch retailed for around $80.00 IIRC. I used the watch for awhile but I'm not a watch/jewelry kind of guy. It left my house years ago.

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#5255 9 days ago

Trading a watch for cigs....pretty cool.
When it was a new thing, I would grab a handful of fake rolexes, to bring to my travels to Jamaica.
I would trade for drinks, scuba lessons, or a baggie.
I would tell them they were fake, but in Jamaica then, they were going for $200!

A childhood memory of mine, and an Adult memory till today, is I always wanted to own a miniature golf course!
So many great summers of playing.....and then to the arcade for pinball!
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#5256 9 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

Trading a watch for cigs....pretty cool.
When it was a new thing, I would grab a handful of fake rolexes, to bring to my travels to Jamaica.
I would trade for drinks, scuba lessons, or a baggie.
I would tell them they were fake, but in Jamaica then, they were going for $200!
A childhood memory of mine, and an Adult memory till today, is I always wanted to own a miniature golf course!
So many great summers of playing.....and then to the arcade for pinball!
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Man, you sound like you are one of those serial entrepreneurs I read about.

#5257 9 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I always wanted to own a miniature golf course!

I have always had the dream to build a miniature golf course that was a scaled down size of a PGA course. Just putters and different thicknesses of fake turf to create the ruff and out of bounds. Miniature sand traps and water hazards….. it seems fun in my head.

#5258 9 days ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

I have always had the dream to build a miniature golf course that was a scaled down size of a PGA course.

I saw one in Texas ? years ago. Three greens. Six different T boxes. You had to play it a few times before you realized it wasn't really 18 holes. It played like it was.

LTG : )

#5259 9 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Do you remember ringing the bells on these boats?
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I’ve never been to kiddieland, only drove by it a ton of times. We used to go to Santa’s village though.

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#5260 9 days ago
Quoted from JayDee:

I’ve never been to kiddieland, only drove by it a ton of times. We used to go to Santa’s village though.
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I went to Santa’s Village a few times as a kid. I remember the Snowball Ride. And a barn that had a chicken that would play the piano when you put a coin in a slot. I also remember music speakers in the park repeatedly playing “The Happy Wanderer.”

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#5261 8 days ago

Lloyd will likely recognise this but unless you're from Minnesota many of you might not. Even my memories of it is very faint.

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#5262 8 days ago

We have a Paul Bunyan at our upstate NY water park.

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#5263 8 days ago

Hey Art! Thanks for the up-vote my friend! Good to know yesterday's surgery didn't limited your computer access nor alter your good taste.

#5264 8 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

And a barn that had a chicken that would play the piano when you put a coin in a slot.

In Monterey ca they had a place called Edgewater Packing Co. that had a wooden carousel, arcade, magic shop, ice cream Parlor and a chicken who played tic tac toe. Turns out I could never beat that darn bird. Well I finally found out why.

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#5265 8 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

We have a Paul Bunyan at our upstate NY water park.

I overheard a child look at that statue and ask his mother "how can I see Paul's bunion with his boots on?"

I still have this Garfield phone, but my wife doesn't think it looks professional enough for her home office.
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#5266 8 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

We have a Paul Bunyan at our upstate NY water park.
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Those are called Roadside Giants and I understand there's an effort to rescue some of them. People have them on their personal properties now. First picture is a guy that lives about 10 miles from me here in Colorado. I'm told he's very proud to have it in his yard and he takes good care of it.

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#5267 8 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

In Monterey ca they had a place called Edgewater Packing Co. that had a wooden carousel, arcade, magic shop, ice cream Parlor and a chicken who played tic tac toe. Turns out I could never beat that darn bird. Well I finally found out why.
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I lost a quarter to that chicken at the state fair 30 years ago. It is not something I regularly discuss in conversation. After all the years, it is nice to know that the game was rigged

I do remember that chicken stepping up to the play board when I dropped that quarter. That sharp eyed bird knew its reward was going to be a kernel of corn. It played the game with gusto.

#5268 8 days ago

I saw that Indian statue in a theme park with a sign saying "you must be this tall to ride the roller coaster."
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No wonder that the ride stayed empty all day.

#5269 8 days ago

This flooring warehouse near me used to be “Cherokee Music”, a huge operator with a warehouse of a few hundred games. When they closed down, it was the first auction I’d ever been to. The Pink Panthers are still there, but there used to be even more cool statues out front. Makes me smile every time I drive past them.

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#5270 8 days ago

On Chincoteague Island.

He must be resting.

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#5271 8 days ago

This guy in Bath PA has all this stuff in his yard.
I drive by it almost every day.
Don't know what the story is, but I'm pretty sure the neighbors aren't cool with it.

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#5272 8 days ago

Reminds me of Pee Wee's house.

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#5273 8 days ago

I really like the first one pictured but haven't a clue as to what someone was thinking in constructing the second one.

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#5274 8 days ago

Seeing the giant sculptures reminds me of a statue in Wisconsin Dells years ago. It was at the original Big Chief Go Kart track on Hwy A. There was a giant Indian holding a Go-Kart up in the air with one hand. The other hand was down by his side. The thumb pointed forward in just the right direction so as you were driving past from the correct side, it looked like the thumb was protruding from his pants... Needless to say, eventually someone complained and they sawed the thumb off.

Found a little information here https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/64818 but nothing about the thumb scandal.

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#5275 8 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

I really like the first one pictured but haven't a clue as to what someone was thinking with the second one.

Like everyone else, he was just trying to get a leg up in the world.

Quoted from JayDee:

I’ve never been to Kiddieland, but we drove by it a ton of times.

I had my very first chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream twist cone at Kiddieland.
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#5276 8 days ago
Quoted from tullster:

Seeing the giant sculptures reminds me of a statue in Wisconsin Dells years ago. It was at the original Big Chief Go Kart track on Hwy A. There was a giant Indian holding a Go-Kart up in the air with one hand. The other hand was down by his side. The thumb pointed forward in just the right direction so as you were driving past from the correct side, it looked like the thumb was protruding from his pants... Needless to say, eventually someone complained and they sawed the thumb off.
Found a little information here https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/64818 but nothing about the thumb scandal.[quoted image]

Reminds me of this guy I stumbled on.

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#5277 8 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

Reminds me of this guy I stumbled on.
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VT I believe. Gotta be the only one of those.

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#5278 8 days ago

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#5279 8 days ago

Happy to hear your surgery was successful, OPG!

I had not related this previously here on Pinside, but I also had a somewhat close call in the heart department a couple years ago.

Not even knowing I had anything wrong heartwise, I mentioned to my doctor at a checkup that I had had a pretty bad flareup of my hiatal hernia one night after an oversized midnight snack, so bad that it made my left arm sort of numb.

Red flag! Now, I had never had any other chest pain, or shortness of breath or lack of endurance whatsoever, I hand shovel my driveway and push mow my lawn, so my heart was as good as gold as far as I knew, but a numb arm incident means you get checked out. One resting EKG later I was scheduled for a treadmill stress test. Not a bad idea for someone my age, regardless.

I thought I killed it, made it to the end, but it still looked just wonky enough on the readout that I was told I should have a cardiac catheterization to see what's what. I joked with the team that they wouldn't find anything, but I woke up to hear that I had one coronary artery that was 99% blocked and I was given two angioplasties and a stent!

I still don't know how I was functioning so well with that much of one blocked, it was "the middle one" so maybe it was an extra feature on my model, but I will say that my feet don't freeze from cold anything like they used to, maybe the ol' ticker pushes the blood a bit harder now. And now that I no longer consider sausage to be a major food group, my cholesterol is where it needs to be, so hopefully this little scrape with death will be my last for a long time!

Now I joke that my hiatal hernia probably saved my life!

#5280 8 days ago

Thanks for sharing....!! I think in our childhood, and for many still today, we are invincible!

I remember wondering why all old people talked about their health, and today, I know its to try to share
not just for empathy, but for solutions, and for others to be "aware".

It always pays to be proactive and have some knowledge....whether fixing a pin or our body.

I believe under a non involved situation, they would have opened me up again.
Having everyone know, and I sure had to sign off on it, that I wanted all steps taken to fix it then and there, led to the extra time,
and my thanks, to achieve this with minimal cutting.

As a side note for anyone learning about what ails them, dont hesitate to read problems and solutions from other countries.
I have helped myself by reading in Japan, Thailand, Spain, Britain, and Northern European studies, to be more aware.

I feel its not that much different than fixing a Pin....A fixed amount of parts, with Problems.

#5281 8 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I remember wondering why all old people talked about their health, and today, I know its to try to share
not just for empathy, but for solutions, and for others to be "aware".

This is why old people bother to go to funerals. They need to talk about their aches and pains. And funerals make for the perfect audience

More seriously, it is a way to share info. and try to find remedies and look for a different doctor.

#5282 8 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I feel its not that much different than fixing a Pin....A fixed amount of parts, with Problems.

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#5283 8 days ago

When I was a kid I remember always trying to get passing trucks to blow their air horn. It seems like kids lost this somewhere in the last couple decades. 4E10C02A-1984-4029-9586-0CF0F7C281B0.gif

#5284 8 days ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

When I was a kid I remember always trying to get passing trucks to blow their air horn. It seems like kids lost this somewhere in the last couple decades.

Railroad engineers too !

LTG : )

#5285 8 days ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

When I was a kid I remember always trying to get passing trucks to blow their air horn. It seems like kids lost this somewhere in the last couple decades. [quoted image]

Also we had cb radios. Copy that, Smokey’s on the prowl for lead footers that was some ancient fun. Think I memorized like 100 different police codes.

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#5286 8 days ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Also we had cb radios. Copy that, Smokey’s on the prowl for lead footers that was some ancient fun.

"Where are you, you sumbitch?"

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#5287 8 days ago

Here's my additions to the big items theme.

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#5288 8 days ago

I currently live in the town of the home of the world's largest tomahawk. The teepee is about 25ft and the tomahawk is probably 30 ft tall.

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#5289 8 days ago

Was out this morning hitting some garage sales and bought a nice spade shovel for $5 and she threw in these for free. Too bad the 67 Ed Roth hot wheels car is missing it's dome but still a cool piece to throw on a shelf somewhere

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#5290 7 days ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

In Monterey ca they had a place called Edgewater Packing Co. that had a wooden carousel, arcade, magic shop, ice cream Parlor and a chicken who played tic tac toe. Turns out I could never beat that darn bird. Well I finally found out why.
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We had an edge water park in Detroit.

https://detroithistorical.org/learn/encyclopedia-of-detroit/edgewater-park

Now closed.
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#5291 7 days ago
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#5292 7 days ago
Quoted from Mr68:

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There is one that looks like a hamburger. I'm guessing there is a pic out there somewhere.

#5293 7 days ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Too bad the 67 Ed Roth hot wheels car is missing it's dome but still a cool piece to throw on a shelf somewhere

Nice find on the Beatnik! Is that the pink or the red?
https://hotwheels.fandom.com/wiki/Beatnik_Bandit
https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g25616442/rarest-most-valuable-mattel-hot-wheels/

#5294 7 days ago

The burger place looks like it has a shooter rod sticking out the right side of the building. lol
McDonalds ??

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#5295 7 days ago
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#5296 7 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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I was told there's a urinal mounted on the other side of that statue. It's actually a piss-stachio nut.

#5297 7 days ago

I remember having heaps of m.a.s.k toys when I was a kid. I also loved the cartoon . The ‘copter bike’ stands out in my memory .

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#5298 7 days ago

I always thought that something like this only with a Goose instead of a chicken would be great for the Goose parties.

LTG : )

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#5299 7 days ago

I wish it was pink. That would be a awesome find for free!

#5300 7 days ago

I love garage sales. A large ziplock baggie and a smaller bag of hot wheels and other assorted cars for $2
Tote full of assorted figurines for $4

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