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Old 12-30-2019, 09:30 AM   #1
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Most of the toys I grew up with couldn't be sold today.

Here's one I got for Christmas back in '64.

I still have it in excellent condition.

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I still have a steam engine I got when I was 9 or 10. Cool stuff.

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Still have this too...1963.


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Erector set. I also had a similar steam engine.
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Cool.

I was already playing around with the real stuff at those ages. I'm pretty sure my dad was obvious to the dangers, and I was lucky. Our black and decker circular saw and the "sabre saw" were my favorites. I built a dog house with a hinged roof for cleaning, but the shingles made it too heavy to be of much use.
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Cool.

I was already playing around with the real stuff at those ages. I'm pretty sure my dad was obvious to the dangers, and I was lucky. Our black and decker circular saw and the "sabre saw" were my favorites. I built a dog house with a hinged roof for cleaning, but the shingles made it too heavy to be of much use.
I think I got my first real tool when I was 10 or 11. A Black and Decker jig saw that I still have and use on occasion. All metal...must weigh 8 lbs.
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Had the Mattel Power Shop. I made a "saw blade" out of a piece of sheet aluminum. Would only cut balsa--motor had very little torque.
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Saw the thread title———thought fondly of my wife.......

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Those are some cool toys that you have Robie.
My BIL was a big collector of farm toys. He passed away last January and I have been helping my sister inventory and try to figure out the value of his collection. I knew that he collected but didnít know how big it was until we did the inventory. Some are unpackaged and have been played with but there are a lot of them that are precision and detailed and have never been out of the box. Itís been interesting going through them.
She is auctioning them off on February 1st. The auctioneer says the market is good for farm toys and I guess weíll see. I hope the weather is good that day.
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Bows and arrows were a common gift/toy...spent many days shooting arrows. No adult supervision.
Toy guns and air guns of every description...
Chemistry sets...
Got a Boy Scout "hunting knife" in a sheath and hatchet (still have that) when we were still Cub Scouts...8-9 years old.
It's a wonder half of us made it to adulthood.
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Those are some cool toys that you have Robie.
My BIL was a big collector of farm toys. He passed away last January and I have been helping my sister inventory and try to figure out the value of his collection. I knew that he collected but didnít know how big it was until we did the inventory. Some are unpackaged and have been played with but there are a lot of them that are precision and detailed and have never been out of the box. Itís been interesting going through them.
She is auctioning them off on February 1st. The auctioneer says the market is good for farm toys and I guess weíll see. I hope the weather is good that day.
He ever say why he collected them? We had a bunch of GI Joe's and some that apparently now are worth money but there would have been no way I wouldnt have played with them. We destroyed them by the time we were done with them. It was much more important to me to have fun with them rather then look at them on a shelf.

Was always curious about keeping things from your childhood. I can understand an heirloom or two by why a lot of things that werent passed down and means someone else has to get rid of. The only guy I know that saved all his action figures had a screw loose.
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The 4 or 5 things I have I would consider heirlooms. My parents saved them, not me. Glad they did.

I have my Dad's Flexible Flyer snow sled from 1930 also. Still has the price marked on the bottom of it...$3.98.

Not everything has to be thrown away.
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I've moved too far and too many times to have kept that kind of stuff. It would be cool to have some of those old toys tho. I'd love to have my old peddle car, brothers too, for my grand kids to drive around.

Only thing I've drug around for a lifetime are old albums, some over 50 years old that play like new.
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I've moved too far and too many times to have kept that kind of stuff. It would be cool to have some of those old toys tho. I'd love to have my old peddle car, brothers too, for my grand kids to drive around.

Only thing I've drug around for a lifetime are old albums, some over 50 years old that play like new.
Yeah, same here.

My parents owned a house in Maine with a huge attic. They stored a lot of stuff there while we were busy moving around.
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I do not own any of my old toys, but one I loved was an Erector Set that was a big one, made in 1946 or so, and it was my Uncle's....my grandfather gifted it to me when I was 10 or so. Even had a 110 volt motor winch set up...no batteries. The modern Erector sets do not compare.
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Most of the toys I grew up with couldn't be sold today.

Here's one I got for Christmas back in '64.

I still have it in excellent condition.

Sander, jigsaw, drill press and lathe.

https://youtu.be/bT-4tvG8NLQ

I still have a steam engine I got when I was 9 or 10. Cool stuff.

https://youtu.be/_XyGxNPaUQs
Wow Robie what a trip down memory lane, my father still has that very steam engine, and I was given that workshop when I was a kid! I remember it came with pieces of I think cedar that were 1/4" thick, 3" wide and 10" long or in that area.

I never used the lathe but I had it.
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Very related, I was in a good old fashioned hobby shop yesterday. It was awesome. They had a "lumber" rack with lots of basswood, balsa, spruce, and some nice thin cuts of maple and oak.
Model trains. Gliders. Everything.

I picked up a snap-together car that my kid did great with, if being a little impatient about getting to the decal portion.

I'd also like to give a shout out to electrical kits. Switches were everything to me. Mercury switches are still the coolest thing to me.
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We destroyed them by the time we were done with them. It was much more important to me to have fun with them rather then look at them on a shelf.
I had G.I. Joe's growing up also with a bunch of outfits...the scuba diver with life raft, the skier, Green Beret, etc, etc, etc...It was when they first came out and was a pretty big deal.

They never sat on a shelf to be admired. My friends and I played with them all day, every day for weeks. But, I took care of all the stuff I had. Was never told to or anything...just came naturally. Money was hard to come by so cool gifts meant a great deal. I think things are different with younger people. I don't know what the cool toys were in 1993 but I'd guess they weren't selling working steam engines for kids....

Hell, who would save marbles? My great aunt would.

I have a beautiful covered glass, stemmed bowl with marbles my Dad played with when he was a kid. He was the oldest of 8 kids and the house got a little crowded so he moved in with his aunt and uncle down the street, who had no kids but plenty of room.
Growing up, the marbles were always sitting on her mantle under a painting of the farmhouse she and her brother (my grandfather) grew up in.

My grandfather was a supervisor with the city of Augusta, Maine. They had a quarry fire one day and he was climbing up a ladder and suffered a massive heart-attack and died. My great aunt said that when he died, the painting fell off the wall and knocked down the bowl of marbles.

Glass marbles were invented in 1900. My Dad was born in 1918.

I'm real happy this 'toy" was saved.

Great memories of a few of the toys growing up.
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I had the Mattel workshop, I think it was a hand-me-down from one of my older brothers. Couldn't get balsa wood, so I ended up sawing up those foam trays that hamburger comes packed on. Trying to glue that stuff together was a chore.

I did have an electrical project set that I spent a ton of time playing with. The Radio Shack 100 in 1 project kit or something like that, wired up all sorts of cool stuff.
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The 4 or 5 things I have I would consider heirlooms. My parents saved them, not me. Glad they did.

I have my Dad's Flexible Flyer snow sled from 1930 also. Still has the price marked on the bottom of it...$3.98.

Not everything has to be thrown away.
My sister and I have the opposite problem. My folks have decided to minimize.

My sister is staying with them and she started noticing the small things we remembered as kids were starting to disappear.

My folks are the complete opposite of packrats, so if one thing is out of place, you notice.

They said it was just stuff, so they tossed it. My sister about had a coronary. None of it is valuable in money terms, but priceless to us kids.

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My sister and I have the opposite problem. My folks have decided to minimize.

My sister is staying with them and she started noticing the small things we remembered as kids were starting to disappear.



They said it was just stuff, so they tossed it. My sister about had a coronary. None of it is valuable in money terms, but priceless to us kids.

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