September 29, 2006

Dick Nolan


This was one of the few records we owned (my parents were not into music). Dick Nolan was a Newfoundland singer and this record included the songs "Aunt Martha's Sheep" and "CN Bus".

September 28, 2006

Billy Goat Game


Did anyone else have this game? I think ours was all green, not white. First you had to pull the billy goat back and attach a rubber band underneath. Then you started to stack the bricks one by one until the weight was too much and the goat would crash through the bricks. It was fun!

September 27, 2006

Snoopy Bank


My sister and I each had a Snoopy bank like this. It didn't have an opening in the bottom, though, and mine broke as I was trying to shake coins out of it.

September 26, 2006

Young Folks Shelf of Books


This set of 10 books came with our enyclopedia set. I didn't read everything in all of the books but some books I read over and over, especially book #6 called "Harvest of Holidays". It told about holidays all over the world. Book #1 was "ABC Go" and had nursery rhymes and other poems.

September 25, 2006

Spirograph


This was my older sister's and I loved playing with it. We would sit for hours at the kitchen table and make design after design in different colours.

September 22, 2006

Old Spice


My father always wore Old Spice aftershave. For Christmas a popular gift to give him would be aftershave in a decorative bottle. He saved all the bottles, this was one of them.

September 21, 2006

Classic Novels


In the early 70's my parents bought a set of encyclopedias from a door-to-door salesman. We were thrilled, we would read the articles and look at the pictures, it was like having our own library. Along with the encyclopedias there were children's books, 2 medical dictionaries and a set of classic novels. They were quite classy looking, gilt edges and leather-look covers. Some of the titles were "Gone With the Wind", "Rebecca", "Lord Jim" and "The Robe". I read some of them when I got older.

September 20, 2006

Randy Rider


This was my younger sister's doll (she always had the dolls that did stuff, my dolls didn't do anything). Randy Rider came with a bike and she could actually ride the bike. This was amazing for us back in the 70's. My sister blamed me for breaking it, apparently I sat on it and broke the wheel off the bike. But it was under a pile of clothes so it wasn't really my fault!

September 19, 2006

Building Blocks


These were mine and were very cool. They weren't hard like Legos, they were softer and had little doors and windows that could open.

September 18, 2006

Typewriter


Dad must have gotten this from work, probably when they were getting rid of them and upgrading. My sister and I kept it in our room on our desk for ages and had lots of fun playing "office" with it.

September 15, 2006

Nancy Drew Puzzle Book


I had one and my sister had one. I have vivid memories of doing the puzzles in this book while camping in our camper one summer.

September 14, 2006

Nancy Drew


This was one of the many Nancy Drew books I read, I was hooked on them. I see these days Nancy has been modernized and the books are no longer the classic hard covers with the yellow spine. But I guess when I was reading them in the 70's they had been updated from the 50's and I didn't know that then. I always wanted to be Nancy, she was cool, drove a convertible and wore pumps.

September 13, 2006

Carousel Lamp


My brother had one of these in his bedroom but it was blue. It was really heavy, the shade was glass, and I am surprised it lasted without getting broke.

September 12, 2006

Tacky Home Decor


Ah the 70's.....era of tacky home decor. This hung on our living room wall for years. Sometime in the 80's it was banished to the basement.

September 11, 2006

Baby Tender Love



These "cut-outs" were my younger sister's but of course I played with them as well. I don't think little girls play with paper dolls anymore, but we certainly had fun with them.

September 08, 2006

Little Women


This was my favourite book when I was a girl and I think it is still my favourite book of all time; I've read it many, many times. My sister owned this copy. I had 3 sisters so I always imagined us as the March girls. My oldest sister would be Meg, then my next oldest sister would be Jo, I would be Beth and my youngest sister would be Amy. I wanted to be Jo, though, she was much more interesting and Beth died, so I wasn't too fond of being that sister!

September 07, 2006

Ice Cream Maker



We had an electric ice cream maker just like this except ours was white and blue/green. I only remember my parents using it a couple of times. The ice cream was good but not as good as store bought. I'm including a picture of us using the ice cream maker sometime in the late 70's or early 80's.

September 06, 2006

Moving Car Lamp


This was my aunt's, she lived next door. When we were kids we visited her almost every day. Many times we'd ask her to turn on the car lamp, we were fascintaed by it. After the light heated up a bit, the background would start spinning inside and it looked as if the car were driving down the road. This was before video games and computers, like I said we were fascinated by it!

September 05, 2006

September 04, 2006

Multiplier



OK, did anyone else have one of these or was I the only geeky child out there? I got it for Christmas when I was in grade 3. I remember bringing it to school for show and tell. You slid the tabs to reveal the answer of the 2 numbers you wanted to multiply. It was pretty neat, considering this was before calculators!

September 01, 2006

The Aristocats Board Game


This was my younger sister's game. The playing pieces were cardboard cutout cats that stood up in little plastic bases. I don't remember any of the rules or the object of the game.