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My Eldon Christmas: 1964

My Eldon Christmas: 1964

This photo is mine, Christmas Day 1964, the best Christmas I ever had! The people are L-R my Uncle (Mom's bro), Mom, Uncle (Mom's sis's hubby), Aunt (Mom's sis) and me, age 5. The slot car is an Eldon Selectronic set, I still have some of the track. View full size.

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Looks like your family had the same asbestos floor tiles as mine did in the mid 1950's in Pleasant Hill, Ca. We had different colors in every room! And is that a MAGNUS organ I spy in the back? Had one of those too!

Me me too!

I also had an Eldon set in the '70s, inherited from an uncle who'd outgrown it, and I also liberated the cars, strapping a D cell to the car with electrical tape and fastening wires from the contacts underneath. Nice to know some things are universal.

A Day Old

I was exactly 1 day old! Tried to get there as soon as I could.

Uncle Big Hair.

He's only about 15 in that picture, he still has a full head of hair like that, though I do recall seeing an earlier picture of him with very short hair.

Elvis and Little Richard were popular in our house so maybe they were his influences, also we lived in California so maybe things were a bit different here.

My other uncle still has the flattop and pretty much dresses exactly the same today right down to his cowboy boots. (He's originally from Texas)

As for me I had longish hair until my 20s, mostly because I hated the hassle of getting it cut.

British Invasion Hair

I can't imagine either you or your mother's brother having hair like that, had this picture been taken only a year earlier. Instead, you would probably both have had hair more like your mother's brother-in-law.

The guy with 1980s hair

He indeed seems like a "time traveler" with a haircut like that...the Mid-century modern funky armchair in the background is a classic, indeed.

Boys and their toys

Your mother seems to be expressing the thought, "Guys and their cars." Your uncle with the controller is exactly like how my older cousin would be in '64, maybe a little later.

I had a scale set-up the same as yours. I could never make the sharp turns. After a while I settled on deliberately destroying the entire game via insurance.

I loved large-scale slot cars but never had the chance to own them. Saw a hobby shop on L.I. that had one set-up for enthusiasts. Pretty sweet.

I bought one at a garage sale in 1978

I had a set like this in the '70s. They held a community garage sale at the local shopping plaza, and I found a large moving box with not one but two Eldon sets inside for $15.

That was a pile of money then, but I ran to the Credit Union and withdrew the funds. Getting the thing home balanced on my bike was a bit of a chore, but I had a paper carrier which made it easier.

I wore the cars out over the next few years. I had to rebuild them several times before replacing them. I only gave it up when I got my driver's license.

I wonder where my sets are now?

Long Running Youth

Uncles will always get right in there with the toys on the floor! Look at the enjoyment on their faces and Mom seems to have the look of "will you guys entertain us adults?" I'm worn out from playing with my nephews yesterday but it sure was fun!


Uncle's hair seems long by 1964 standards, which I imagine as still being in the fifties G.I. mode. Did The Beatles hit your area full force by then? Was he a cutting edge dude? Or am I overgeneralizing the hairstyle standards of the time?

Does Mom look a bit distracted?

Maybe she's thinking about the after-dinner cleanup! Great shot. I always played with my friends' slot car sets. Good memories.

Me Too!

I had a track just like that 6 or 7 years later. When I got a little older and tired of watching them go around in a figure eight, I discovered they would also run off a 9 volt battery. I removed the slot follower from the bottom and gave the cars their freedom. With a short leash of wire up to the battery in my hand, I could take them anywhere. I then thought if the 9 volt makes them go so good (vs the 6 volts they were designed to run on), 110 volts would really make them fly! Not so much so. With a quick ffffttttzzz, the fun was over.

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