April 30, 2008

Cassette Tapes

There are a lot of cassette tapes for sale on eBay. I am surprised, I wouldn't have thought there was much demand for them. These are a few of the first tapes I bought when I was a teenager.

April 29, 2008

Magic Slate

I remember drawing on magic slates when I was a kid. I don't think ours had Peanuts or Bugs Bunny on them, I am sure we got the plain ones.

April 25, 2008

RN Novel

I think this was my older sister's book but of course I read it, probably more than once. I also had the novel "Student Nurse" by the same author and enjoyed them both.

April 24, 2008

Woodburning Kit

My younger brother got a woodburning kit one year for Christmas. I don't know if it was exactly like this one, but it looks familiar. I don't think he liked it much but I thought it was a neat gift.

April 23, 2008

Cookie Press

My aunt had one of these, the same pink colour on the ring. I vaguely remember borrowing it when I was in high school to make some cookies.

April 22, 2008

Squeeze Coin Purse

My sister and I had a couple of coin purses like this when we were little kids. I seem to remember an orange one.

April 18, 2008


My aunt had an old insulator like this one in her front flower garden. It filled with water when it rained and I suppose it made a good bird bath although I never saw any birds in it.

April 17, 2008

Student Nurse Book

My Sunday School teacher gave me this book one year for Christmas. She knew that my oldest sister had just finished nurse's training and thought this would be appropriate. I enjoyed the book.

April 16, 2008

Glass Casters

Another odd thing I remember from my childhood.....not a toy but glass casters that we had under some of our furniture. We also had brown rubber casters.

April 15, 2008


A search for "vintage marbles" on eBay will get a lot of results, this is one of them. They look like ordinary marbles to me, I guess marbles haven't changed much over the years. We played with them a lot when we were kids. Technically they were my brother's marbles, I guess they were not a girl's toy. I never knew the proper rules of marbles, but we'd play with them in the dirt and driveway anyway.

April 14, 2008

Hair Buckles

My sister and I had tons of these when we were kids. All different colours and shapes, and I definitely remember the flower shaped ones pictured here.

April 11, 2008


My brother had tracks like this for his toy cars (some call them hot-wheels, we called them dinkies). His tracks were yellow, but they came with the dark connectors that you see on the ends of the tracks here. He would set up his tracks and push his dinkies along them, he even had a special connector to make a loop. It was all fun until he set his tracks up through my sister's and my Barbie dolls!

April 10, 2008

Cake Decorator

Mom had an aluminum cake decorator like this one. It was used often to decorate birthday cakes and my favourite memory is that Mom would give us the bowl of leftover icing and we would use the decorator to squirt it onto crackers and eat it......so good!

April 09, 2008

Wooden Puzzle

I remember one of these from my grade 2 classroom. It was fun to put it together, and challenging!

April 08, 2008

Chalet Thermometer/Barometer

My aunt who lived next door had a thermometer like this one. I always thought it was cute, especially since we didn't have anything this interesting at our house. She said the man and woman were supposed to come out of the door, one when it was sunny and one when it was raining, but I never saw it work.

April 07, 2008

Anniversary Clock

My parents had a clock like this, for years it sat on their bedroom dresser. But when Dad redid the living room it was placed on a shelf there. They never wound it and I never saw it work.

April 04, 2008

Sealing Wax

Another odd thing I remember from my childhood. My parents had a huge filing cabinet in their bedroom, I think it had 5 drawers and as a kid it was a fun place to explore. We each had our own folders where we kept school work and stuff, but the top drawer was my favourite drawer. It was filled with all sorts of office supplies and odds and ends. There was a red block of sealing wax in that drawer. I am sure every time we rummaged through the drawer we would ask Mom what it was. She would say "sealing wax" but I heard it as "ceiling wax" and I always wondered why you would need to wax the ceiling, especially with red wax!

April 03, 2008

Raggedy Andy

My sister also had a Raggedy Andy doll, I think she got it the year after she got her Raggedy Ann doll. It was a bit smaller than the Raggedy Ann doll.

April 02, 2008

Tiny Seal

My oldest sister had a tiny seal like this, it was no more than 3 or 4 inches long. She kept it on the dresser in our bedroom. I am not sure if the fur was real seal fur or not. But it was cute.

April 01, 2008

Newfoundland Herald

Like most Newfoundlander's, the Herald was a common fixture in our home. It was/is a tv guide and entertainment magazine. These are from the late 70's and early 80's. They started out with drawings on the cover and then changed to pictures.