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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Hopalong Christmas: 1950

Hopalong Christmas: 1950

"Xmas 1950." 35mm Kodachrome yanked at random out of a box of slides bought on eBay. I call dibs on the dump truck. View full size.

 

Tinker Toys....

It looks like the round container with the metal lid is a container of Tinker Toys. Wooden sticks, spools with holes in them to insert the sticks and an assortment of connectors and pulleys. All of this was made of wood.

An erector set on the other hand is comprised of metal parts, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and quite possibly an electric motor to make your contraption work.

The end result is the same, just wood vs metal. I had both back in the 50s when I was a kid.

For What It's Worth

I second the "tough noogies"!!

Wish I knew where my spelling board was.

I had one of these, and I loved it! Got it probably around 1959, and it wasn't red. Never used the number side except for playing "school" with Doreen, Gretchen, and Sandy in Santa Ana, CA. Good times.

Ther's an Erector Set in the back

in the round container with the metal lid. I had the same set, but it was later in the 50's.

Tinkertoys in the back!

Would have been perfect if there were Lincoln Logs too!

Fine, take the red one.

Christmas of 1955 I was 6 and my brother was 4. Among many
treasures like these under the tree were two cars identical to the Fire Chief car. One was red (mine) and the other was yellow(his). Of course little brother pitched a fit for the red one and my parents talked me in to trading with the brat.

Two days later he left it out in the driveway and my Dad
flattened it with the car when he came home from work.
I call it poetic justice. And no, I didn't give him mine.
Tough noogies.

I'll take

the creepy doll and teh speliing adn cownting borde.

You can have it

I want the streamlined Fire Chief car!

Thanks for some saddle-up memories Shorpy

Wow - this pic just whipped me back to the past on the Shorpy time machine! My two favorite movie/TV cowboys Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy in there with a pair of RR boots and what looks like a book "Hoppy and Lucky" (Lucky being one of his side kicks). Liked the actors that played Lucky but Edgar Buchanon was just too comical as Red Connors. Other old timers on here will remember the original books by Clarence Mulford where Hoppy and the rest of the Bar-20 boys were rough and tough. William Boyd did a wonderful job civilizing Hoppy to make him a household name. Writer Louis L'Amour also continued with some outstanding Hoppy books.

The Red vs Green Debate...

tterrace...The tractor in the original photo looks to be a John Deere while yours must be a McCormick Farmall.

Just last week I was at the Butler County Fair in Ohio and I saw this Tee shirt....

Tractor

I still have my tractor from perhaps a year or three later. Roughly the same size, it appears, though not as nicely detailed. Some paint not original. One owner though, of course.

 
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