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Does anyone remember Erector Sets? I remember this windmill that would turn when the electric motor was plugged in. Although I was only 2, I have pleasant memories of that set. I suspect there was "some assembly required" frustration on the part of Dad or Grandfather, but, oh the memory!
35mm Kodachrome slide, taken near Blandinsville, Ill., Christmas 1955. View full size.