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Favorite childhood toys and youthful memories

By Mr68

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#4251 9 months ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

Warning, those are NOT gumballs![quoted image]

I LOVE that idea but have heard warnings of people doing this and having their globes explode. Pinballs weigh a lot more than gumballs. Not sure how much that glass can take. Looks awesome though!

#4252 9 months ago
Quoted from Jediturtle:

I LOVE that idea but have heard warnings of people doing this and having their globes explode. Pinballs weigh a lot more than gumballs. Not sure how much that glass can take. Looks awesome though!

Yes, I also heard those stories, and not sure if you can tell but most of those in mine are not real, rather import Christmas ornaments glued in a manner to hide the stems for hanging, almost the exact size of pinballs. Also my dome is actually plastic so at least if it does break, it's less dangerous.

I saw that idea, gumball machine, not the ornament thing, in the game room topic I think.

#4253 9 months ago
Quoted from Jediturtle:

I LOVE that idea but have heard warnings of people doing this and having their globes explode. Pinballs weigh a lot more than gumballs. Not sure how much that glass can take. Looks awesome though!

Yeah, I had one of those old glass 5-gallon water cooler jugs that I had completely filled with coins. My wife tried to tip it over to get some out, and the whole thing shattered.

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#4255 9 months ago

This bike was given to me by my parents for my birthday when I turned seven. A few years back my Dad restored it and gave it to me again for my birthday. My daughter was the same age at the time as I was when I first got it. Spent many, many miles on this bike. My daughter has since put a couple of her own on it and I have put on a few more even if it’s a hair small now.

One of my “best” other memories of it was playing football tag on bikes with the neighbors. Was a small, squishy ball. And of course a perfect throw jammed in between my frame and front tire sending me ass-over-teakettle in the gravel. Lots of scrapes and blood but a memory forever, lol.

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#4256 9 months ago

Lots of gumball folks here! I got the idea from cyroute so can’t take credit.

I’m young enough to remember when you had to find a phone to make a call or answer a page.

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#4257 9 months ago
Quoted from dmacy:

I’m young enough to remember when you had to find a phone to make a call or answer a page.

I'm young enough to remember when they switched from ten cents to a quarter to make that call.

#4258 9 months ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Lots of gumball folks here! I got the idea from cyroute so can’t take credit.
I’m young enough to remember when you had to find a phone to make a call or answer a page.
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Man, I've got the SAME gumball machine!

Of course, I cracked the glass putting pinballs into it. I've got it held together with tape now...it's super-safe.

#4259 9 months ago
Quoted from pmWolf:

Man, I've got the SAME gumball machine!
Of course, I cracked the glass putting pinballs into it. I've got it held together with tape now...it's super-safe.

lol the other one in my pic is broke. And glass taped too.

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#4260 9 months ago

I restored this 1970 AT&T phone booth for my spillover game room. It was the most popular non-game fixture ever played in my home.
Alcohol may have been involved.

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#4261 9 months ago
Quoted from Jediturtle:

I was always a Nintendo kid and these are all my originals and they all still work. Still have all the boxes too. The pic is a few years old. I have since moved the older consoles to a different room and hooked them up to a CRT, but I miss seeing them all together like this. [quoted image]

Do you have a Famicom or Super Famicom in your collection?

#4262 9 months ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Do you have a Famicom or Super Famicom in your collection?

Well the Famicom and Super Famicom are really just the Japanese versions of the NES and SuperNES. If you are going to go that route, then you need Japanese versions of all the games also...

#4263 9 months ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Do you have a Famicom or Super Famicom in your collection?

Nope..just the US stuff. When I was a kid I had no idea what a Famicom was!

#4264 9 months ago
Quoted from zombywoof:

I'm young enough to remember when they switched from ten cents to a quarter to make that call.

My friends and I would sometimes prank call a few pay phones late at night to see who would answer. We kept a list of numbers from various pay phones around town. There was one at the beach, one at the park, one near a gas station. The best one was inside a 24 hour Dunkin Donuts, which almost always got an answer. One time it was someone we knew!

#4265 9 months ago

Anybody remember a baseball trivia game you played over a pay phone?

If you answered 3 questions correctly I believe they would send you tickets you used towards official MLB prizes. I remember spending a summer with my friends winning a shit load of tickets. I believe it was a 1-900 number and some how we discovered a “glitch” that the questions would eventually repeat and we never had to pay a dime for any call to the service. It’s a vague memory so I could be talking out my ass : ) but I do remember winning 3 satin starter jackets, a few MLB helmets and other official baseball swag.
Wish I could remember more of how the process worked or should I say how we worked the process?

Can’t find any info on this on Google.
I know this was a thing cause I still have my too small but much loved Cardinal jacket in my closet.
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Please help 1 900 TOY-SIDE

#4266 9 months ago
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#4267 9 months ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

Warning, those are NOT gumballs![quoted image]

Gumballs, No. Jawbreakers, Yes.

#4268 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Anybody remember a baseball trivia game you played over a pay phone?
If you answered 3 questions correctly I believe they would send you tickets you used towards official MLB prizes. I remember spending a summer with my friends winning a shit load of tickets. I believe it was a 1-900 number and some how we discovered a “glitch” that the questions would eventually repeat and we never had to pay a dime for any call to the service. It’s a vague memory so I could be talking out my ass : ) but I do remember winning 3 satin starter jackets, a few MLB helmets and other official baseball swag.
Wish I could remember more of how the process worked or should I say how we worked the process?
Can’t find any info on this on Google.
I know this was a thing cause I still have my too small but much loved Cardinal jacket in my closet.
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Please help 1 900 TOY-SIDE

You mean you didn't use this to hack the phone?

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#4269 9 months ago

Hack no.
Didn’t need to cause the system itself was flawed. Not sure if it was the 900 number that we exploited or was the flaw with the MLB prize company.Probably a combination of the two. I do remember it could ONLY be done on a pay phone.
If google doesn’t help there is always eBay : )

Found this photo and that company logo looks very familiar!!!
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#4270 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

Hack no.
Didn’t need to cause the system itself was flawed. Not sure if it was the 900 number that we exploited or was the flaw with the MLB prize company.Probably a combination of the two. I do remember it could ONLY be done on a pay phone.
If google doesn’t help there is always eBay : )
Found this photo and that company logo looks very familiar!!!
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This is the way I like to remember those little baseball caps. A big hit was the sports parka jackets. Raiders seemed real popular amongst everyone in Cali.
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#4271 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

we discovered a “glitch”

Had that happen to my pay-per-view movies (all kinds) never would get billed. Happened for like a year or two then all things have to come to an end, and it did.

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#4272 9 months ago

Memory triggered: Remember the very first cable boxes, say in the very early 80s? You had to pay to unscramble the juicy stuff like Cinemax (famously known then as Skinemax). There would still be a picture on that channel, it would just be made all wavy and distorted so you couldn't watch it. But you could kinda make out some things sometimes. If you watched long enough, you could catch a glimpse of some naked women.

OK its lame, but we didn't have the internet then.

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#4273 9 months ago
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#4274 9 months ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

Memory triggered: Remember the very first cable boxes, say in the very early 80s? You had to pay to unscramble the juicy stuff like Cinemax (famously known then as Skinemax). There would still be a picture on that channel, it would just be made all wavy and distorted so you couldn't watch it. But you could kinda make out some things sometimes. If you watched long enough, you could catch a glimpse of some naked women.
OK its lame, but we didn't have the internet then.

I thought the same thing but didn’t want to post that ahhh, the good ol days..... young, dumb, and full of.......

#4275 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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I saw a nipple in there.

#4276 9 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

all things have to come to an end, and it did.

Yeah same with the baseball. By the end of that summer all you got was a busy signal every time we called.

Funny...I haven’t said “busy signal” in 20 years.

#4277 9 months ago

The extended family all had one of these in our jeeps/ trucks and base to get in touch (we all lived in the woods) and very helpful in snow country at the time. I still remember the call letters.Lotta fun at the time.

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#4278 9 months ago
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#4279 9 months ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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Hahaha awesome picture, that's exactly what it looked like!!

#4280 9 months ago

The fair always had the floating faucet. It seemed to amaze me till I got older.

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#4281 9 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

The fair always had the floating faucet. It seemed to amaze me till I got older.
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For some cheap thrills, my friends and I used to have fun with our own floating illusion. There was a nearby outdoor mall that had a store with a perfect corner window for this. You’d stand at the end of the window showing half your body with one leg lifted up. The window reflection made it look like you were floating in the air. Here are some dudes using mirrors to float.

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#4282 9 months ago

Remember rolling around on wooden scooter boards like these in grade school gym class? Looks like kids are still having fun with them, although now they’re made of colorful plastic. The wooden ones my school had were all beat to hell and looked 100 years old.

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#4283 9 months ago
Quoted from Mr68:

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#4284 9 months ago
Quoted from mbeardsley:

Yeah, I had one of those old glass 5-gallon water cooler jugs that I had completely filled with coins. My wife tried to tip it over to get some out, and the whole thing shattered.

I used to have a 5 gallon water jug but got tired of trying to get the coins thru the hole. Out with the water jug and in with a coal bucket.

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#4285 9 months ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Lots of gumball folks here! I got the idea from cyroute so can’t take credit.
I’m young enough to remember when you had to find a phone to make a call or answer a page.
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I'm old enough to remember when they had rotary dials

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#4286 9 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I'm old enough to remember when they had rotary dials
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They're a little harder to find now!

#4287 9 months ago
Quoted from zombywoof:

I'm young enough to remember when they switched from ten cents to a quarter to make that call.

Nice try. How young are you now? 65? 70?

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#4288 9 months ago

Remember when they actually clicked?

And if you missed your channel, you had to go around the dial again?
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My best friend had a big German Shepherd.
Sometimes when the dog barked, the TV would change channels!

#4289 9 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Nice try. How young are you now? 65? 70?

What? Around here, it happened during the first Reagan administration. Much of the country didn’t switch from 10 cent calls to a quarter until the Ma Bell breakup. As I remember it, pinballs switched to a quarter years before the pay phones did.

#4290 9 months ago
Quoted from electricsquirrel:

Remember when they actually clicked?
And if you missed your channel, you had to go around the dial again?
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My best friend had a big German Shepherd.
Sometimes when the dog barked, the TV would change channels!

those early remotes were chime units, sometimes jiggling keys would change the channel

#4291 9 months ago
Quoted from electricsquirrel:

Remember when they actually clicked?
And if you missed your channel, you had to go around the dial again?
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My best friend had a big German Shepherd.
Sometimes when the dog barked, the TV would change channels!

Reminds me of the clap on / clap off switch.

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#4292 9 months ago
Quoted from zombywoof:

What? Around here, it happened during the first Reagan administration. Much of the country didn’t switch from 10 cent calls to a quarter until the Ma Bell breakup. As I remember it, pinballs switched to a quarter years before the pay phones did.

I'm sorry. My mind went into la la land and I thought you were talking about pinball machines. I don't why I was thinking about pinball machines

#4293 9 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Reminds me of the clap on / clap off switch.
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As I recall, the dog would set that off too!

#4294 9 months ago
Quoted from zombywoof:

I'm young enough to remember when they switched from ten cents to a quarter to make that call.

My buddy used to call his mom from pay phone, 1 quarter and talk as long as you wanted. Calling from my house was"long distance" but was 30 miles away.

#4295 9 months ago
Quoted from rosh:

those early remotes were chime units, sometimes jiggling keys would change the channel

I was a couple years old and sitting in front of my parents brand new TV. My father being an operator, gave me his ring of keys to play with. Every time I tossed them in the air I changed the channel.

The TV went back the next day for one without the remote.

LTG : )

#4296 9 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I'm old enough to remember when they had rotary dials

I'm old enough to remember what an M80 in the coin return did. Phone took money after that, didn't work or return the coin. A few days later go by and bang on it and a pile of coins would come out.

LTG : )

#4297 9 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

"The TV went back the next day for one without the remote."

My dad was too cheap to buy a TV with a remote. (let alone cable. That didn't come until the mid eighties. In fact, I moved out and got cable long before my parents did.)

Usually me or my brother were the remote.

#4298 9 months ago

Anybody got a light?

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#4299 9 months ago
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#4300 9 months ago

Anybody miss or remember colored TP?

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