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Dr Zaius Hand Puppet from the Planet of the Apes

Dr. Zaius, the orange orangutan from the Planet of the Apes, was the Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith in ape society. Skeptical of humans, Zaius aim is to protect ape civilization from humankind. But the funny thing is that this hand puppet was made for little boys. So ultimately a human […]
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Blomer & Schuler Tin Toys: Rocket Globe Carousel

Blomer & Schuler was a toy company based in Nuremberg, Germany. They were founded in 1919 and became known worldwide in the 1930s for manufacturing mechanical tin toys. Many of these toys featured carousels or mechanical animals. I found this toy at the local flea market. Unfortunately, it doesn’t turn, but I still think it’s […]
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Antique Wooden Tabletop Croquet Set Made in Germany

Croquet is one of the most popular outdoor games and has been for centuries! It’s believed the first game was first played in France sometime in the 13th century. From France its popularity spread to Scotland, Ireland, England and eventually the United States. The more common version of the game is played on lawns with […]
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Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins 1964 Board Game

OBJECT: To be the first player to race from Cherry Tree Lane to the Park. BEFORE PLAYING: Assemble the merry-go-round selector. All players place their playing pieces on Cherry Tree Lane ready to start. PLAY: Each player “asks Mary” for his instructions by using the merry-go-round selector. The instructions Mary points to are then followed. […]
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Little Orphan Annie and Limousine Model Kit

There was a boom of Annie memorabilia in 1982. The Broadway musical had become a major motion picture and little girls of a certain generation (my sister’s) became fans of the the little orphan girl. This model kit is one the collectibles released at that time. It was released by the Knickerbocker Toy Company. The […]
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Captain Marvel Jr. Ski Jump Punch-Out Kit

Captain Marvel Jr. first zapped into our lives in December 1941. He’s the sidekick to Captain Marvel (also known as Shazam) and was introduced by Fawcett Comics. Unlike his elder, Junior remains a teenage boy and does not grow up when transformed into a superhero. Captain Marvel Jr was a big hit with young boys […]
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Cabbage Patch Doll Commercial

One of the hottest Christmas items in the early/mid-80s was the Cabbage Patch Doll. My sister had one, how about you?
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Rigby’s Warplanes of the World Model Kit

We cleaned out my dad’s barn a few Sundays ago and high on shelf covered with sawdust was this tattered and torn punch-out book. It’s called “Easy to Build Models of Warplanes of the World – 2nd Series.” It was published in 1943 and made by Wallis Rigby. This was the height of World War […]
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Bally “Dolly Parton” Pinball Machine

A friend of mine has a vintage Bally “Dolly Parton” pinball machine. He bought it last year and has it in his man-cave. The Bally Manufacturing Company (1931-1983) was one of the premier makers of pinball machines. This machine was released in 1979 and 7350 were made. For a history of pinball machines click here.
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