Let's "Play"...

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by ConfusedInPA, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi, y'all,

    Remember these toys and games???

    Guess as many as you can!

    And post some of your own memories, too!

    Good luck, and have fun.

    Hugs, Diane


    ***PS: I don't think we've done this game before, but if we have, let me know and I'll have this thread deleted.








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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Diane

    I see you done thunk of another quiz for us. Good for you. Most of these
    toys look like they post date my childhood. We just had sticks and stones
    to play with when we weren't walking to school in the rain or the snow.

    The first one looks like Hasbro's Playdough. Couldn't find a pic of the can
    on the net. I did see some new articles from a couple years ago. The
    extruder was said by some to be too phallic. It looked like a fat
    hypodermic needle to me. Anyhoo my son had Playdough with an
    extruder machine looked more like an old fashioned water pump.

    There are also recipes on the net to make your own playdough at
    home. One recipe has only 2 ingreediments: corn starch and
    tempera paint.

    The second pic looks like the product of the spirograph. My son
    got one of those as a hand me down. He spent a lot of time making
    great designs suitable for posting on refrigerators of all makes and


    Number three looks like some sort of Easy Bake Oven. I read years
    ago you could actually make a cake in it. Used a light bulb for
    the heat source.

    I'll leave the rest for other contestants.

  3. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Good game! 5. looks like jacks, 6. marbles and 7. a yoyo. I don't know what 4. is. GB
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    Looks to me like ya got 'em. Item number 4 suggests a modern toy used
    to play an old British game called conkers. It was played with nuts from the
    horse chestnut tree. We had one such tree in my home town. We kids used
    to collect the nuts. About all we every did with them though, was put them
    in our pockets and carry them around. BTW I read the nuts are poisonous.

    In the game a nut was pierced with a string or shoelace. Then banged
    into an opponent's nut. So possibly the item shown is not for combat, just
    something to fiddle around with while killing time. Couldn't find a name
    for the modern high tech version, Diane.

    Here's a pic from Wikipedia. The nuts were roughly the size of a big radish.


    Ya know what musician and comic was a great yoyo man? It was Tommy
    Smothers. There are several videos of him yoyo-ing on Youtube. I
    didn't post one here as they are kinda long.

    "Mom always liked you best."

  5. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi y'all!

    Well, my friends, you got 'em all, almost! :)

    4) was a toy popular in the late '60s and early '70s. It was removed from the market, due to the potential for injuries. I used to LOVE playing with them.



    I have soooo many ideas, but the pics are all copyrighted. So, to continue, let's make do with these:








    That's it for now!

    Unless y'all want to play "Guess What We Bought At The Farmers Market"???? LOL And I can't find any pics of that food, it's all copyrighted! :(

    Later, 'gators
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2015
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Okee Dokee, I think I know all of these. On the other hand, I've been wrong before.
    (Smile out loud.)

    Number 8 is badminton rackets and a shuttlecock. The shuttlecock gets its name
    from the back and forth motion of the shuttle in a loom. And a cock is a male
    bird. I guess nowadays some shuttlecocks are plastic.

    Number 12 is a top as in spinning toy. Number 13 is a paddleball. You can
    also call it a paddleboard, but that term now seems to be also used for some
    sort of surf board or boat. The modern world is too confusiatin'. I am leaving
    the rest of the items for GB.

    And here's something from the WW II era. 56 pieces! A good illustration of
    inflation at work.


  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Hi folks, the only two I know are the badminton and bolo paddle. Numbers 8 and 13.

    It's good to see some friendly 'faces' on here today. I'm feeling very depressed and really needed the lift. Some days are hard to get through, as all of us know. Thanks for always being here. Hugs, GB
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    OK, number 9 looks like a cardboard version of a pinball machine. Number 10 looks
    like a pump for blowing up balls: basket, foot, etc. Number 11 looks like the triangle
    that racks the pool balls before the break.

    Sorry you're feeling depressed GB. I've been depressed since I was a kid. Gotta
    lotta help though from meds, therapy, brief hospitalizations, classes at Kaiser
    Permanente, and the 12 step program Emotions Anonymous. I don't know
    if Emotions Anonymous has any meetings near you or if you are in good
    enough shape to attend. I had to stop going after 25 years because of
    poor health. The meetings provided some social life too, so I miss that.

    Hope ya feel better soon.

    Diane, I'm going to look around and see if I can find anything to post here.

  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    OK, I was trying to find a picture of a gun I had in the 50s. It had a barrel
    shaped kinda like the bell on a trumpet. Shot a blast of air. Couldn't find
    it although I found something similar from the 60s. Apparently these
    items were taken off the shelves because they were deemed dangerous.

    What I did find was a site that sells old toys, novelties, kid's jewelry. All of
    it cheap and most of it from Japan. Even now the prices are usually a dollar or
    less. Here are some samples of what we used to find in the dime store.



    Well, shucks! I can't get the machine to post the other images I copied. If
    you want to look at some nostalgic junk, see this site:


  10. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi Rock, Hi GB!

    Rock, I enjoyed browsing the site you posted. I laughed at the "1960's Barbie shoes" for 50 cents. LOL

    GB, Great to see you participating. ((Hugs)) That's what I love about this board, we're here for each other. :)

    9) is a vintage pinball machine, circa 1932. It has no paddles! A pinball machine with no paddles??


    10) is the only non-copyrighted image I could find online for a POGO STICK!


    The pool rack 11) is actually 24K GOLD plated. Can you believe that??


    Oh, Rock, I loved the price tag on that toy: $2.98! :)

    Great talking with y'all on this thread. Like I said earlier, I can't find any more images :( ....... even for a jump rope!

    Hugs y'all,

    PS: I'm trying to think of more games to post! Wish me luck! :)

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  11. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    My brother got an e mail which he forwarded to me. It's mostly about cars in days
    gone by. I can't copy it, so I am sort of condensing and re-creating it.

    What do you call these? And when do you last see any of them?






    And what does this green car have that modern cars lack?

    Do you remember when the starter was on the floor? So was the headlight dimmer.
    And when did the emergency brake become the parking brake? And when did
    clocks disappear from the dashboard? Not that anyone minded. They generally
    only worked for about a year.


    Dearie, do you remember when we

    Waltzed to the Sousa band
    My wasn't the music grand

    Chowder parties down by the seashore
    Every Fourth of July, test your memory

    Well, Dearie, you're much older than I.

  12. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Not going to read all your posts first but am just going to answer the questions first :) Will be more fun. Let's see...
    1 Could that be fake owldroppings that you get to dismantle?
    2 Spirograph!!!
    3 was that a kitchen that really worked where you had to put burning blocks in? I remember vaguely popping one popcorn in a minature pot or something on the farm campground where we used to go
    4 We called them click clacks I had a dirty type of pink ones I think... with a mean sharp centerline on them that wasn't polished of.
    6 marbles, yes and being ripped of by big guys saying it was a practise round but stole my marbles even though I won... and how disappointed I was that mom didn't want to help me with that as it was soooo unfair :p
    7 jojo, we had some with lights in the side in neon green or something.
    8 badminton
    9 we had one of those but smaller where you would shoot with marbles I think... ours had copper colored nails. Strange details we sometimes remember.
    10 pogostick, we didn't have those, we did have the jojoballs later on, a ball with a 'sphere' attached to it where you could stand on and then jump up and down.
    11 looks like something from snooker to me
    12 pintoll, I had one a red one, my brothers had the spades shaped ones with an iron sharper tip, I don't remember what they where called
    13 I remember them but don't remember the name... OUCH my forehead :p

    Going through everyones posts now. Rock I remember we had some of those fences in our play bucket with all sorts of toy smalls.

    Anyone remember this one?
  13. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Or these
  14. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Soul

    Good ta see ya. I can't make heads or tails outta the blue-yellow object you
    posted. Looks like the cross of a toy telephone with handcuffs. Couldn't find
    jojoballs on the net, although one site I found featured a pic of Joseph's


    Don't know what those little dolls are either. Maybe they are Beanie Babies.
    Or are Beanie Babies animals? You see where the Beanie Baby creator just
    got convicted of tax evasions for millions of dollars? As is often the case
    with the rich, no jail time. Just a substantial fine.

    Diane, hard to imagine someone would want a gold plated pool rack. Well,
    once again, the uber rich are often goofy in the upper story. I notice the
    rack has delta printed on it. This makes perfect sense since Delta is the
    4th letter of the Greek alphabet and is shaped like a triangle.

  15. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Ah I missed one letter, it was a LOLO ball actually...
    And later on these also came about:

    The blue and yellow thing I posted was actually smaller then on the picture in real life, to give you a clue... and it would produce sound without a battery...

    The little dolls we would call: matchstick dolls as they would fit into a box of that size approximately. They seem to be around the right size on that picture as I remember them.
  16. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, I've heard of Emotions A. but don't think we have one here. I don't really feel depressed often but when my "adult kids" give me grief, I do get very down. It's just a problem that I haven't found a solution to yet. They don't get the CFS thing. I don't feel up to having company (I'm talking about physically) and they seem to interpret it as me rejecting them. Thanks for all the info.

    I'm familar with the 12 step progams. We attended meetings years ago as a family and separately, due to some family members' problems. I hope your depression problems are in the past. Sorry to hijack this thread, I should have started a new one!

    Hi to Diane and Soul. These are interesting pictures. I hope you'll all post some more of them. I'm wondering, was I the only one to play 'jacks' when I was a kid? I loved that game, could go on for hours with the 'onsies' and twosies'. :)

    I wanted to add a couple of things. Rock, I can only see one of those car pictures that you posted. Is it just my computer? And about the Beanie Baby craze. I got into it as well as one of my daughters and daughters in law. We stood in lines to buy those things. I still have all of mine. Anyone want to buy a great BB collection, cheap? :) GB
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  17. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Rock, that's a wing window. My old 1985 big luxury passenger van that hub's brother gave us had them. Van went kaput just last year - sure do miss it. It was so spacious, I called it a rolling living room. (Now have an old 1999 Honda - the inside feels like we're astronauts crammed into a tiny space capsule).

    We were so excited to get the wing windows for our cigarette ashes. The first time we got in the van, we were marveling as we opened the wing windows, which one of them the handle broke right off the bat so we kept them closed ever after. Didn't need them anyway, since I do the driving and am right-handed, and left-handed hub's on the passenger side was the one that broke. So we just used the ashtray in between us, which fit our handedness.

    I loved playing jacks - just onesies and twosies like you, GB.

    Our jacks were small metal, unlike the big ones in this video:

    I loved jump rope with two people twirling a long rope.

    "Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Turn around.
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Touch the ground.
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Go upstairs.
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Say your prayers.
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Turn out the light.
    Teddy bear, teddy bear,
    Say good night."

    Here's an amazing video of double rope jumping competition. Awesome.

    A funny family story about when my sister got an Easy Bake Oven and made a tiny chocolate cake.

    In the comic strip Dondi, he used to exclaim when he was happy "Chocolate cake for everyone!"

    So my younger brother exclaimed happily "Chocolate cake for everyone! Well, almost everyone..."

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  18. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    GB, I don't know why you can't see all the pics I posted. But I'm way too old to
    understand computers. Our computer was on the fritz yesterday. Had to
    replace the monitor. Then when I went to Youtube the videos would play but
    without sound. That turned out to be a minor problem. If it happens to you, Kids,
    look for icon of a speaker on the bottom frame of the video. If there's an X, click
    on the X and the sound will reappear. In other words, X-tinguish that X.

    Soul, I can't make much sense out of your latest pics. I did find some videos on
    Youtube. One titled "Mookie Lolo Ball" and one called "Pogo Ball". Here's a
    short video. It looks like hard work to me. Uff-da!

    Regarding your number 12 above, I don't know what a pintoll is. Couldn't find
    anything on the net.

    Patti, yes, it's a wing or vent window. My grandmother liked them because she
    could get some cool air in the car without having her hair blown all over. This
    was all in the PAC days, i.e. Pre Air Conditioning.

    I remember Dondi in a vague sorta way. His story wasn't too interesting to a
    teen age boy. BTW, the artist who drew the strip died earlier this year. He
    was 96.

    Diane, that cardboard pinball machine reminded me of a story from 3 years
    ago. A 9 year old boy built an video arcade of cardboard video games. See
    "Caine's Arcade" on Youtube. Viewed by almost 5 million people.

  19. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Rock a pintol are the second and fourth. They had a rope on a stick with them and where usually girls playing with them. The boys had the ones 1 3 and 5 and where called iceknel over here. They did not have the stick, just a rope. I had an iceknel later on too but started out with a red pintol.

    It's probably just the Dutch words.
  20. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    And here you go on the yellow and blue thing I posted :D A nosewhistle. Wonder why I'm ill now :p j/k but still was a great way to pass on germs. I remember we put our lip over that lower thing.