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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Christmas 1971

Christmas 1971

My brothers and I opening gifts. I'm the one on the left in the stripped pants. There's a "SORRY" game near me and the yellow box by my knee contains a COX BAJA BUG which was a motorized, gas powered toy that turned out to be a lot of fun. There was no RC for this car, you just chased it down and turned it back the way it came. You could lock the front tires to various degrees of turn to keep it in a smaller area. Don't know what my older brother is checking out but one of my younger brothers has a set of CLICK-CLACKS in hand and at least a couple laying next to him. I remember those things being a rather formidable weapon when swung around and flung by a younger sibling. The youngest brother is sitting by a TOSS ACROSS game which is still available in a reworked version. View full size.

- Gary

The days when boys' clothing fit properly!

Cannot return soon enough!

Triple-click

My siblings and I had what you called "click-clacks"; we called them Knockers or something. There were three pairs in the house -- green, blue and orange. My brother managed to smash the blue ones (glass as they were) and I don't know where the pretty green ones went, but I STILL have the orange ones. I take them out occasionally and break my wrists in a fit of nostalgia and then put them away again.

I spy with my little eye

... rabbit ears atop the b&w TV, a globe with South America facing, some psychedelically awesome striped trousers, and the exact same version of SORRY! that I had back then.

Cox Baja Buggy

I had one of those too! Metal-flake gold. Not that fast, but had a pull starter like a lawn mower. Raced it at the schoolyard where there was lots of room. Good times!

NBoD

Aaah yes, the Ninja Balls of Death (on a string). I had them too!

Clackers

I remember click-clacks or clackers, they were absolutely lethal. Great fun though, I've still got mine somewhere. I'm pretty sure schools banned them in England at some stage, dunno why.

 
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