I can’t remember when we had our first Microwave. I think it was early 80s. I do remember how amazed I was to see how fast food cooked in this thing! No more heating up SpaghettiOs on the stove! I can now warm them up in the microwave in less than 3 minutes.
Wiki had some interesting numbers on Microwaves. In 1986 only 25% off the households had microwave ovens. That was up only 1% from 1971. By 1997, 90% of households had one. In France, only 40% of households had Microwaves in 1994.
I have always been a bit of an arm chair general. I loved watching war movies, reading about the strategies, and playing war games. I remember seeing these in the catalog back in the 70s and I thought they would be cool to have, but I have to be honest. I did not have that skill set at that age to be able to do something this nice.
This wasn’t made for specifically “Barbie” but for 11 1/2 dolls in general.
I can see the potential for this to be someone’s cherished toy from the 70s. The typical fold up case style from most toys sets during the time would make this an easy play set to take anywhere.
At first I mused that Barbie would only be able to ride side saddle as her legs would not bend at the right locations. But the ad says that the horse is designed to accommodate that issue. (I am guessing that means skinny horse in the middle!)
The other thing I noticed is the way the dog is sized in the picture. If you read the ad it says the dog is 6″ tall and 10″ long. That would make the dog over half as tall as Barbie and length wise only 1 1/2″ shorter than Barbie. It would also be as half as tall as the horse and almost as long! Sneaky aren’t they…
Erector sets have been sold by Alfred Carlton Gilbert since 1913. He came up with the idea during a train ride, when he saw steel girders being erected for power lines. They were one of the first toys that you were able to build something with, then tear it down and use the pieces to build something else.
From 1933 to 1962 the boxes that the sets came in where made of steel.
Gilbert died in 1961. The company went into decline and filed bankruptcy in 1967. The rights now belong to a french company called “Meccano”.
The most sought out erector set is the Number 10 from 1931. It weighs in at an amazing 25 lbs!
This is an ad from 1922 that was posted on Wiki. Look at how big this set was!