Hook N Ladder 1969 Pedal Car

I didn’t have one of these but this reminded me of the barber shop where I got my hair cut as a child.

Hook N Ladder Pedal Car from 1969
Hook N Ladder Pedal Car from 1969

I can remember wanting to sit in that fire truck while I got my hair cut. My parents said that was also the only way to get me to stop crying. I guess I hated getting my haircut.

The cow goes…

See ‘N’ Say Farmer from 1972.

See 'N' Say Farmer from 1972
See ‘N’ Say Farmer from 1972

I had one of these in the late 60’s, early 70s.  I can remember pulling the string and then hanging on to it so the guy talked really, really slow.

Hot Wheels Thundershift 500 from 1976

Wasn’t this like the king of all Hot Wheel tracks? I can still remember the commercials for this bad boy.

Hot Wheels Thundershift 500 Race Track
Hot Wheels Thundershift 500 Race Track

I always wanted one of those tire cases, even though I didn’t have enough Hot Wheels cars to put in it. I might have made a full case if I combined my Hot Wheels with my Matchbox.

Microwave Oven from 1981 – You have cooked a long way baby

Check out the price tag for this beauty.

microwave_oven_1981

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.

WWII Model Kits from 1974

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.

WWII Model Kits from 1974
WWII Model Kits from 1974

Ranch and Corral with Big Beauty Horse and Lassie for “Barbie”

This wasn’t made for specifically “Barbie” but for 11 1/2 dolls in general.

Ranch and Corral Set with Big Beauty Horse and Lassie from 1977
Ranch and Corral Set with Big Beauty Horse and Lassie from 1977

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 from 1975

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.

Erector Sets from 1975
Erector Sets from 1975

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!