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Old 12-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #41
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I guess for me it was getting a "Creepy Crawler" set. It had several molds and I made all sorts of rubber things with it.
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:57 PM   #42
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A brown-haired, brown-eyed Ginny doll that my mother special ordered for me dressed in a cowgirl outfit.
I also had a Ginny Doll but mine was dressed in ice skating attire . I also had a Bonnie Braids doll that came with a little toothbrush .
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:34 PM   #43
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--Lionel train set

--Erector set

--a stereo portable radio, way before boom-boxes were the fad.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #44
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That tabletop hockey was also one of my favs, but am surprized about all the mentions of an electric football game if it was the same game that I had. Mine vibrated to move the players and many of them just went in circles; very disappointing.
+1 . Once we played that football game a handful of times, we just got bored with it. But I do recall how excited I was when I opened up as a xmas gift!
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:29 PM   #45
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Johnny West action figures... "the best in the west"!

They are one of the few things I kept thinking my kids would love them. Somehow they just didn't appreciate them like I did.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #46
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Every Xmas my Nana would buy me an "activity box" that she could order from the Sears catalog. It was a box full of crossword puzzles, paint by numbers, coloring puzzles, other little games, etc, etc. It was a pretty big box that kept me entertained for months. I looked forward to it every year.
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--Lionel train set

--Erector set

--a stereo portable radio, way before boom-boxes were the fad.
Some good memories have been mentioned--takes me back. Think I could have use for that 'Erector set' now!!
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #48
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I grew up in pretty tough economic circumstances. As a kid, I actually appreciated getting socks, underwear and maybe a shirt or pair of jeans for Christmas.
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That tabletop hockey was also one of my favs, but am surprized about all the mentions of an electric football game if it was the same game that I had. Mine vibrated to move the players and many of them just went in circles; very disappointing.
Didn't all of y'all electric football players ever discover that you could go under the players and bend the little plastic tabs into different configurations to change the directions they would run? I'm not saying you could control it well or make them go really straight, but you could definitely influence their movements. Of course, after a while the tabs would break off and they'd just sit there and jiggle. But it was fun.
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Betsy Wetsy Doll. I still have her. She has a wig now and a different dress. Too many mud puddle "baths" I guess.
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My lionel train set that my dad bought me when I was 1 or 2. Here it is in 1957 with me and my grandfather, and another photo from today. It still runs.
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My lionel train set that my dad bought me when I was 1 or 2. Here it is in 1957 with me and my grandfather, and another photo from today. It still runs.

Wow, what a great toy and great memories. Are you still that cute?
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Ha! Yes a great toy and memories. But somehow the cuteness wore off.
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Tabletop hockey. Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs. Hours and hours.
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I asked DH what his best Christmas gift was. He said a one speed bicycle. It was used ($15.00) and he had to pay for half of it. I'm sure it was a struggle for his preacher dad to come up with his $7.50.
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I loved receiving a Vacuum Form. You could heat little sheets of plastic and create little plastic forms of whatever you placed on the surface of the machine. Once the plastic was soft and gooey, you quickly slung it on top of the item and pumped an air handle, which cooled the plastic. It was not perfect, and I ruined numerous matchbox cars trying to create plastic replicas, but when it worked, it was great. (Smelled terrible during use)
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I got a CO2 powered bb pistol for Christmas about age 9. Didn't shoot my eye out, but I'll carry a bb in my leg for the remainder of my life. Pockets do NOT make good holsters, in case you ever wondered.
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Johnny Reb cannons. Made for great bedroom wars with my brother. Also a lot of red welts!
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My sisters and I had mercury too, and Dad added a kit that used molten lead to make fishing sinkers and toys with. Neat stuff!

Then I got a pump rifle that shot round corks about 5/16" in diameter. My younger sisters hated that gun as I used them for target practice.

Anybody know the maker of that cork rifle?
I had a Daisy pump air gun that shot corks. One day a future gunsmith kid gave me a replacement screw in end for the barrel that shot real BB's. It was all down hill from there.
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