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Wooly Willy – Throwback Thursday!

Wooly Willy ~ You must remember this one!  I do.

It was real hard to get those pesky magnet filings to stay in place for a new beard for Willy.

This toy has “a face printed on cardboard under a bubble of plastic filled with metal filings that could be moved with a magnetic wand to create features like beards, mustaches, and shaggy eyebrows on the face.”[1]

Donald and his brother, James Herzog, developed the Willy toy while working in their father’s toy production company, Smethport Specialty Company.

Leonard Mackowski created the artwork for the first Willy toy. It is said that you can find his signature hidden in the grass on the reverse side.

wooly willy

Did you know:

1) Priced at US $0.29, Wooly Willy was successfully launched on the market in 1955.

2) More than 75 million of these toys have been sold.

3) Wooly Willy became a Baby Boomer hit.

4) Wooly Willy remains in production as of 2010 by Smethport Specialty Company, which is now owned by Patch Products.

5) This toy was added to the Toy Industry Association‘s “Century of Toys List” in 2003. The “Century of Toys List” is a roll call of the most creative and memorable toys of the 20th century!


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Wooly Willy – A Fun Toy for Reminiscing!

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Were You Born in the 50s?

Were you born in the 50s? Here are 10 signs you were born in the 50s if you can remember and identify these 50s events and circumstances.

Remember When – Were You Born in the 50s:

1) You went to five and dimes – You do remember Woolworth’s, don’t you? You spent your precious nickels there and then had a soda or malt at the lunch counter!

2) You knew a lot of teen brides – The average age of brides from 1950-60 was 20 years old. That meant there were plenty of teen brides! Today the average age of brides is around 27 years old!

3) You remember where you were on significant occasions – We are talking when JFK, MLK, and RFK were all shot. Also,when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper’s plane went down. On a happier note, when the Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show.

4) The Bomb was the scariest thing ever – Remember the days of the Cold War, when the fear of Russia, communism, and the possibility of atomic war was a part of your everyday life? You definitely remember duck and cover drills in school.

5) You watched the Ed Sullivan Show – Every Sunday night you turned on the black and white TV to watch the Ed Sullivan Show.

6) You played with simple, iconic toys – The hula hoop, Mr. Potato Head, Play Doh, Magic Slate, Lincoln Logs and Easy Bake Oven were top on the 50s toy list.

7) You hated the Yankees…or loved them – They were the winners of six world series from 1950-58. Who wouldn’t like them and Mickey Mantle!

8) You listened to the radio and listened to music on 45s -You were born in the 50s if you listened to radio DJ, Dick Clark, and bought the newest Beatles or Ricky Nelson single on a 45 record for 75 cents!

9) Your food was read food…except when it wasn’t – You grew up eating fresh foods, such as strawberries and “real” ice cream. On the other hand, processed foods made their appearance…TV dinners, canned soda, boxed cake mixes, Hamburger Helper and – forbid! – margarine!

10) Everyone smoked – Well, almost everyone! Family members smoked at the dinner table. They also smoked at the supermarket and at work. All the cool guys wore a pack of Lucky Strike in their shirt sleeve. (About 18 percent of people still smoke.) Source…

Were You Born in the 50s

Were You Born in the 50s – Then you know how to make the hula hoop work!

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Vitamin Donuts – Really!

Yes, You Heard Correctly! Vitamin Donuts was a popular item in the 1940’s.  Some of you may remember these.

They were not around for long because they proved to be a little bit of a hoax.

Read a portion of a statement from the website talking about the donuts:

“Vitamin Donuts are a notorious case in the history of misleading advertising. In 1941, the Doughnut Corporation of America came out with these “Vitamin Donuts,” hoping the product would earn a seal of approval from the Nutrition Division of the War Food Administration. The name was justified, so the Doughnut Corporation believed, because the donuts were made with flour fortified with thiamine (Vitamin B1) which, so the marketing posters promised, would provide “PEP and VIGOR.”

Watch the Video for more information and history of  these “Enriched Donuts”:

Did you know that the flour in modern donuts has far more vitamins in it than the flour in these so called “healthy donuts” did! So, maybe today we could call our donuts “healthy” (probably not)!

Wishful thinking…maybe there really will be Vitamin Donuts someday!

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Classic Cars – Remember these!

Classic Cars Indeed!

The 1970 Dodge Challenger

The 1968 Chevy Impala

The 1970 Cadillac Convertible

classic cars


Admire the classic designs. By the way, the Challenger was re-issued of late.

It still looks Hot! Can you picture yourself driving these classics?

Enjoy thinking about these Classic Cars – Maybe you’ll own one someday!


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Antique Glass Insulators – A Trip Down Memory Lane!

Glass insulators were originally designed to keep the wires which linked telegraphs and telephones insulated from the wooden poles that held them aloft.

They were first produced in the 1850s for use with telegraph lines. As the technology developed, insulators were needed for telephone lines, electric power lines, and for other uses.

There was a major boom in the manufacturing of insulators with the expansion of rural electricity in the early 1900s. The peak of production of the insulators was from the 1920s through the 1940s with millions produced per year.

In the mid 1960s a few people began collecting antique glass insulators and they have become popular collector’s items. There are insulator clubs, local and national shows and reference materials and books available.

Would love to hear from glass insulator collectors…Comment below!




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Hope you enjoyed learning about Antique Glass Insulators with a trip down Memory Lane!

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The 1950’s Poodle Skirt – A Fashion Phenomenon!

Looking back at the fashions of the 1950’s you will certainly remember the popularity of the “Circle Skirt.”

Circle skirts were simply cut out of a large circle of fabric and could be made by anyone with a pair of scissors and some type of appliqued  design.

The most famous circle skirt was  the “poodle skirt.”

poodle skirt

Interesting facts about the poodle skirt:

*  Poodle skirts were unique in that there were no two skirts that were the same. Thus, they were “one of a kind.”

*  The poodle skirt was designed by Juli Lynne Charlot, an actress and designer.

*  Charlot could not ever sew when she came up with her clever idea of applying applique designs of little poodles to a felt circle skit she made in 1947.

*  Teenagers across American began sewing and appliqueing circle/poodle skirts and wore them to school as well as to sock hops.

*  Saddle shoes were popular shoes to wear with the skirts.

Source:  1950sCircleShirt

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   Hope you enjoyed reminiscing about the Vintage Poodle Skirt!

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Throwback Thursday 1951 DeSoto – What a Beauty!

 Throwback Thursday and a 1951 DeSoto!

From our recent travels we came across a very well preserved 1951 DeSoto.

Style and charm of the times. 


The DeSoto is an American automobile marque that was manufactured and marketed by the Division of the same name of the Chrysler Corporation from 1928 to the 1961 model year. The marque was officially dropped November 30, 1960, with over two million vehicles built since 1928.

This automobile make was founded by Walter Chrysler on August 4, 1928, and introduced for the 1929 model year. It was named after the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

The logo for this automobile features a stylized image of the explorer who led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States (Florida, Georgia, and Alabama), and was the first documented European to have crossed the Mississippi River. Source…

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What Do You Know About Cheyenne Mountain?

Cheyenne Mountain

Ever wondered what Cheyenne Mountain is all about?  Where did it gets its name? What’s its history? What do you know about Cheyenne Mountain? What are those towers on top?  Is NORAD still in Cheyenne Mountain?

Just some of the answers to the questions above:

Where did Cheyenne Mountain get its name?

Named for the Cheyenne people. Native Americans found that Cheyenne Mtn was a good wood source for teepee poles. It was also visited by the Arapaho people. They sought spiritual inspiration from the mountain’s waterfalls.  The Mountain was also used by the Ute Tribe to safely cross from the plains and benefit from its steep slopes and hidden valleys.

Its history – what do you know about Cheyenne Mountain?

Cheyenne Mountain is a triple-peaked mountain. The mountain serves as host for military, communications, recreational, and residential purposes. It was designed to withstand bombing and the fallout from a nuclear attack.

The underground operations center for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was built in the 1960s during the Cold War to monitor the potential intrusion to North American airspace Soviet missile launches and military aircraft.

Homesteading activity began in 1867. The mountain was the site of resorts and retreats beginning in the 1880s. Spencer Penrose, who built and widely promoted The Broadmoor in 1918, bought several properties on the mountain.  

Penrose built the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Highway, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a lodge on one of the mountain peaks, and a retreat at Emerald Valley.

The site of the lodge recently became the wilderness Cloud Camp. Emerald Valley is now the site of The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. Land on The Mountain once owned by The Broadmoor is now the site of numerous luxury homes.

The two parks on and at the base of Cheyenne Mountain are Cheyenne Mountain State Park and North Cheyenne Cañon Park.

What are those towers on top?

You cannot miss the noticeable tower feature on the top of one of Cheyenne Mountain’s peaks.  Those features are an antenna farm with transmitters for cellular phones, radio, television, and law enforcement transmitters.  They are not related to the military installation in the mountain. They are obviously hidden from public view.  

During the 1950s, an antenna farm was built on the middle peak of the mountain when Bert Swisher deeded ten acres to Bud Edmonds and several backers and Swisher signed a non-compete agreement.  Edmonds, John Browne, and Buck Ingersoll agreed to replace the trails to the area with a real road, which was opened in 1960 by the Cheyenne Propagation Company.  

Currently there are 700 cell phone, television, radio, and law enforcement transmitters on the antenna farm.  The Cheyenne Mountain radio repeater site, 145.160, covers south central and southeast Colorado along the Interstate 25 corridor from Monument to the New Mexico border.  Since 2002, it has been operated by Cheyenne Propagation Company.

Is NORAD still in the Cheyenne Mountain?

NORAD used to offer public tours, but due to security concerns they were suspended after 9-11.  Most of the center’s operations moved to Peterson Air Force Base in 2006,. Then in April 2015, the Pentagon reported that some operations would be moving back.

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Oh, What a Crock!

Slow cooking, also known as crock pot cooking, is a favorite in many households.

The slow cooker is a counter top electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering which allows for unattended cooking for many hours. That is the beauty of a crock pot!

The Crock-Pot is a trademark that is sometimes used generically. It was first made by the Naxon Corporation and later purchased by Rival in 1970.

crock pot

Why do cooks love these slow cookers?

* It allows them to have the dinner ready at dinnertime, when they’re usually the most tired.

* Families eat healthier because a meal is ready for them and they won’t be tempted to hit the drive-thru for fast food.

* It’s really like magic in that individual items are thrown together in the morning and will turn into an amazing meal in the evening.

* The crock pot can turn tough cuts of meat into tender pieces of deliciousness.

* You don’t have to micro-manage the cooking and in fact, you don’t even need to be present.

* You can save money by using a crock pot because you can use cheaper cuts of meat as well make your own broth, etc.

Today, slow cookers have gone hi-tech with digital timers, self-stirrers and other sophisticated settings. You can also buy pre-made, ready-to cook meals—how easy is that!

Crock pot cooking has many benefits for you and your family including saving money and eating healthier. And it’s not just for winter meals…using them in the summer when it is hot means the oven doesn’t have to be turned on!

 What do you like most crock pots?

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Television Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday – The Television, an Old one and a New one.


What a difference in technology spanning about 30 years.


Old TV

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Newer TV


Did you know?

During the 1950s, television was the primary medium for influencing public opinion.

In the mid-1960s, color broadcasting was introduced in the US and most other developed countries.

In the late 2000s, digital television transmissions greatly increased in popularity.

By 2013, 79% of the world’s households owned a television set.

According to Wikipedia:

“The replacement of early bulky, high-voltage cathode ray tube (CRT) screen displays with compact, energy-efficient, flat-panel alternative technologies such as LCDs (both fluorescent-backlit and LED), OLED displays, and plasma displays was a hardware revolution that began with computer monitors in the late 1990s.”

“Most TV sets sold in the 2000s were flat-panel, mainly LEDs. Major manufacturers announced the discontinuation of CRT, DLP, plasma, and even fluorescent-backlit LCDs by the mid-2010s.”

“In the near future, LEDs are expected to be gradually replaced by OLEDs. Also, major manufacturers have announced that they will increasingly produce smart TVs in the mid-2010s. Smart TVs with integrated Internet and Web 2.0 functions became the dominant form of television by the late 2010s.”

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