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Old 09-23-2014, 10:23 PM   #61
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Ah all the above sounds quite familiar pb4uski. A friend had the vibrating football game. We sure must have had great imaginations. Hours everyday riding around town on our bikes. Table top hockey. I built model planes and armor and the occasional ship but hardly ever cars. BB and pellet guns. We played cowboys and indians and war for keeps. 2x2's with inner tubes stretched to clothes pins. Could leave quite a welt. We then graduated to pellet guns and bows and arrows. A friend still has a pellet in his thigh and I have a scar from an arrow that hit me in the chin. Good story but obviously could have ended tragically. Baseball and football in the summer, street and pond hockey when the days grew shorter. Ice forts carved into 12 foot snow mounds - crazy stuff. There was much more snow back in the 60s - global cooling was the concern back then! Great times. We had a charmed childhood.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:26 PM   #62
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..We had a charmed childhood.
True, with some of the stupid sh!t things that we did it is a miracle that we are hear to talk about it. If my kids did some of the things we did I would have a cow.
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Intellivision. And Star Wars figures.

You are a baby...I remember learning about Star Wars in college from a classmate and high school friend...

My favorite toys were Barbie dolls. Played with them from 3rd through 6th grades. After that stopped playing with toys.


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Old 09-24-2014, 12:49 AM   #64
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With many of you mentioning lots of board game, here are a big bunch more I remember playing back in the 1970s. Some of them are rather obscure.

Chess
Billionaire (Global investment board game)
Ulcers (Business employment board game)
Stratego (war board game)
Battleship (war board game)
Pathfinder (Battleship style board game)
High Stakes (Monopoly and casino gambling board game)
Chinese Checkers (checkers with marbles game)
Clue (Whodunnit board game)
1776 (Avalon Hill war game)
Numble (Scrabble with numbers board game)
Go for Broke (lose all your money board game)
Operation (Play pretend-doctor board game)
Careers (life achievement board game)
Stock Market (Accumulate money board game)
Trouble (Move-around-the-board board game)
Sorry (Move-around-the-board board game)
Yahtzee (Dice game)
Othello (maximize checkers board game)
Mastermind (logic board game)
Uno (rummy card game)
Po-Ke-No (Bingo card game)
Monday Night Football (football strategy game)
Water Works (make a pipeline card game)
Scrabble Sentence Cube Game (create a sentence dice game)
King Oil (drill for oil board game)
Bermuda Triangle (Avoid the storm cloud board game)
Connect Four (a vertical Tic-Tac-Toe game)
Life (Achievement and money board game)
NFL Strategy (generic football board game)
Jeopardy (home edition circa 1972)
Parchesi (Move-around-the-board board game)
Hi-Q (eliminate the pegs board game)
Fluster (crossword game)
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I guess the toy I remember most was the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A computer I got for Christmas in 1981.
Sooooo many hours spent with that, which directly contributed to my love of computer games to this day!
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Lucantes, I still have my TI-99/4A and it still works. Did a little programming with the Basic and Extended Basic. I also had the Speech option which was fun training it to talk. IIRC it came with 1 or 2k memory. Cassette tape for storage and TV for monitor. I think I paid $200 for the base unit in 1982.
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Bike, model cars, chemistry set, and making sling shots out of tree branches, rubber from inner tubes and pieces of old leather..
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I loved any kind of wooden puzzles, puzzle boxes, later rubic's cube, etc

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Lego and Barbie dolls. I'd even combine them and build things with Lego for the dolls. I like to think I was raised perfectly gender balanced It shows in me as an adult too, I like to do girly things like putting on makeup and dresses but I also enjoy gaming and programming and I know my way around basic DIY.
I loved creating whole towns with legos. Even better than for Barbies, I made towns for those Mattel little people that my younger brother was playing with at the time. Had a whole room in the basement with streets and buildings. I loved having a little brother, so I could do this "for him".

Very best, though, was my bike. In the 70's, my dad rode his 10 speed to work, probably mostly because of the oil crisis. I wanted to really ride places with him. So, I went from the bike that I learned on to a 10 speed for my next bike. I was probably around 8 when I got my 10 speed, but I was always tall for my age. My friends were getting banana bikes, but I wanted a 10 speed like my dad. It was metallic hot pink, with a white leather seat. I thought it was SOOO COOOOL to go to Forest Park with Dad and ride the bike path there. There were a couple of stop lights on the bike path, and at that age, having to stop at a stop light was the ultimate in playing "grownup".
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A stick and a rock.......we were poor.
after the chuckle it reminded me of the summer I saw The 300 Spartans…seems I spent that entire summer with my sword (2 pcs of wood nailed together), my spear (cut from a branch) and my shield (trash can lid ~ YES, they were actually metal back then!)….good times!
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Probably like most, my favorite depended on my age at the time. In rough chronological order:
  • A paratrooper action figure. Parachute was long gone by the time I have real memories; but, I do remember this being a soldier, super hero and many other things in my young imagination.
  • Loc Blocks for a very long time.
  • Science sets (chemistry, electronics and biology)
  • Bicycle
  • Computers (Atari then C64)
Playing cards and board games were a big part of my childhood; but, I am not sure the rise to the standard of favorite for me. TV was another biggie.
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Before Barbies, I played for hours with a bunch of little plastic animals we bought at the zoo. Small landscaping rocks and the lawn became jungle and mountains with those tiny lions and antelopes.


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I know we four kids (six year span) collectively had wooden blocks, alphabet blocks, and Lincoln Logs (which, as I was recently reminded, were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's second son, John Lloyd Wright) that served many purposes.

We were mostly sent outside to play without toys, but we were treated at Christmas to an inexpensive "Treasure Chest of Games" like this one that got played with for a couple of days:
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Lucantes, I still have a Sharp Scientific Calculator, model EL-506S, I received for my 18th birthday back in 1981. I used it a lot in college for my statistics course. The digital readout is a little tough on my eyes, especially since my eyesight has faded a little over the recent years. I have bought those $5 calculators which do far less but have much larger digital readouts. Once I bought my my first PC which had spreadsheet capabilities, all of those fancy functions on the calculator were less crucial.
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Slight correction. Found the correct picture of a walkie-talkie like the one I had as a kid :
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This reminds me that my 39 year old son wants us to get him the white Mattel Classic Football game (handheld) that he used to play all the time. The players were just dots of lights. I found some on Ebay for not too much.
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With many of you mentioning lots of board game, here are a big bunch more I remember playing back in the 1970s. Some of them are rather obscure.

Chess
Billionaire (Global investment board game)
Ulcers (Business employment board game)
Stratego (war board game)
Battleship (war board game)
Pathfinder (Battleship style board game)
High Stakes (Monopoly and casino gambling board game)
Chinese Checkers (checkers with marbles game)
Clue (Whodunnit board game)
1776 (Avalon Hill war game)
Numble (Scrabble with numbers board game)
Go for Broke (lose all your money board game)
Operation (Play pretend-doctor board game)
Careers (life achievement board game)
Stock Market (Accumulate money board game)
Trouble (Move-around-the-board board game)
Sorry (Move-around-the-board board game)
Yahtzee (Dice game)
Othello (maximize checkers board game)
Mastermind (logic board game)
Uno (rummy card game)
Po-Ke-No (Bingo card game)
Monday Night Football (football strategy game)
Water Works (make a pipeline card game)
Scrabble Sentence Cube Game (create a sentence dice game)
King Oil (drill for oil board game)
Bermuda Triangle (Avoid the storm cloud board game)
Connect Four (a vertical Tic-Tac-Toe game)
Life (Achievement and money board game)
NFL Strategy (generic football board game)
Jeopardy (home edition circa 1972)
Parchesi (Move-around-the-board board game)
Hi-Q (eliminate the pegs board game)
Fluster (crossword game)
My step mom's 2nd husband invented Careers. He made quite a bit of money off that game.
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This reminds me that my 39 year old son wants us to get him the white Mattel Classic Football game (handheld) that he used to play all the time. The players were just dots of lights. I found some on Ebay for not too much.
As a kid a brother of mine had a set I think called "Photo Football" which consisted primarily of cards (a group for offense and a group for defense) and we place on on top of the other and hold them over a plastic screen which was illuminated by a 100 watt light bulb to she the play unfold.

The game actually was pretty fun but it would take an hour after playing for us to get the image of the bright light bulb out of our eyes .
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Nerd confession: the public library.

(And stopping by the general store for penny candy on the way home.)
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Nerd confession: the public library.
I am not sure this qualifies as a toy.

Really nerdy confession, this was by far the most impressive thing for me in Amsterdam: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This fact makes me wonder if I should turn in my red blooded American male credentials.

I also have very fond memories of my small, hometown library. That was the closest thing to the Internet for a rural kid back then.
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We were mostly sent outside to play without toys, but we were treated at Christmas to an inexpensive "Treasure Chest of Games" like this one that got played with for a couple of days:
Oh, I had a set similar to that. it was a nice assortment of simple classic games.

And someone else mentioned puzzles, I still love a good jigsaw puzzle.
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