Remembering the 70s

A Simpler Time

Remembering the 70s - A Simpler Time

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.

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

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!

More Lincoln Logs for your enjoyment

Here are some more Lincoln Log sets from 1977.

Lincoln Log Sets from 1977

Lincoln Log Sets from 1977

There are several speculations from where the name came from. K’NEX (who currently manufactures them) says they were named Lincoln Logs during WWI do to the strong patriotism in our country at that time. Others say that the inventor’s (Frank Loyd Wright) real name was Frank Lincoln Wright. A few also say that name came from the fact you link the logs together, or “linkin” logs.

I lean towards the K’NEX explanation. It makes sense being that the 1st two cabins manufactured in 1918 where “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Lincoln’s Cabin”.