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Waterworks James Trautman
Saturday was the best day when I was a kid in Elizabeth, New jersey. No school, and the weekly bus trip up town. The routine was to have a turkey lunch at the Woolworth 5 & 10. I can still see myself sitting at the counter rushing through the meal, so that I could run to the toy area. I can still picture the wooden counter with bins full of soldiers, cars, boats, kites, yo-yo's and water guns. In the mid-'50s this was the place to be. Each week a new supply of plastic water guns arrived.
Famous Monsters of Playtime James Burrell Children have always loved monsters. There’s a fascination with those misshapen, sometimes scary, other times wretched, pitiable creatures that even when they’re afraid of one “being under their bed” or “in their closet”, little boys (and girls) still love to watch movies, read books and of course, play with toys based on them.
As hard as it is to believe nowadays, prior to the 1960's there were next to no monster-related toys or collectibles available on the North American market. With the exception of early 1950’s EC horror-based comics like Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror (which were not specifically marketed at children, but being read by them), monster and horror entertainment was thought of as adult-only fare. Eventually, these comics were to come under fire as being psychologically damaging to children, and the final nail on their coffin was the release of a 1954 book entitled Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham. In it, the prominent psychiatrist cited horror comics as a cause of juvenile delinquency, leading to concern from parents and educators. As expected, the publications were quickly pulled from newsstands. With EC Comics losing money, the books soon stopped being published.
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The Heisey Glass Company By Sean George and Wendy Saigeon
Every week, at a show or store locations, we hear “Heisey Glassware is the best glassware ever made”. It is difficult to argue this, as Heisey did have their own unique recipe. Many other companies experimented, but no other competitor could match the design, brilliance and quality of the Heisey Glass Co. This article is dedicated to the evolution of the Heisey Glass Company, and the history behind the man who made the best quality and clarity of pressed glass in North America, Mr. Augustus H. Heisey.
I'd Rather Be Sailing By Patrick Flynn
I'd rather be sailing, an enthusiasm of mine since my parents shipped me down to Mrs. Gardiner at.... basics of sanding a battered Nordberg hull ( the victim of the previous year's neophytes). Before that I remember fashioning boats from bits of 2 by 4, some doweling and cloth and floating them in puddles in a neigbour's driveway. Related work led to ....