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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Float in a Boat: 1961

Float in a Boat: 1961

Uncle Roger, cousin Deanna and Aunt Susan taking a dip the pool. Likely taken in 1961. View full size.

Those cheap blue boats!

They used to sell little plastic skiffs like this one at discount stores. They were made out of plastic similar to the plastic toddler pools you can buy today. My friend bought one for $7.50 with a small wood paddle at the J.M. Fields store near our house in about 1966. We used to drag it down the street to the lake in our neighborhood. We were about 8 years old. It only held one kid. I remember watching from the shore. Eventually the boat sank and was lost. The lake was big and deep. What a terribly dangerous "toy." We were always down there unsupervised. But it sure was fun!

 
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