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The Slinky Toy – Didn’t We All Play With This?

The Slinky Toy

Didn’t we all have one of these?

* The Slinky is a toy that is a precompressed helical spring which was invented by Richard James, a naval engineer, in the early 1940s.

* It was demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia in 1945. It became an immediate hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in 90 minutes.

* The Slinky was originally priced at $1 and has remained modestly priced throughout its history.

* The Slinky is best known for being able to travel down a flight of stairs end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the help of gravity and its own momentum.

* The Slinky was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2000.

* Slinky was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List”. This is a roll call of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the twentieth century. That’s quite an honor!!

*It has been estimated that in its first 60 years Slinky has sold 300 million units.

*In 1999, the Slinky postage stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service.

*The rules that govern the mechanics of a slinky are due to Hooke’s law (a principal of physics) and the effects of gravitation.

*Plastic Slinky toys are also available. They were marketed in the 1970s as a safer alternative to metal slinkys. (They did not present a hazard when inserted into electrical sockets!)

*The plastic spring slinky toy, known as the Plastic Slinky was invented by Donald James Reum, Sr. of Master Mark Plastics in Albany, Minnesota.

*Children of all ages enjoy playing with slinkies. Our granddaughters love playing with them on our short flight of stairs going into the lower level of our house. It’s fun to see how many stairs they can “navigate.”

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WKRP in Cincinnati Throwback Thursday

Screenshot 2016-06-21 10.00.01From the website on the theme of WKRP In Cincinnati:

“Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson tries to run a failing Cincinnati radio station owned by his “tough as nails” mother. His own incompetence is overshadowed by the strange employees that work at the station. From wild Disc Jockeys: Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap to the geeky news director, Les Nessman and obnoxious advertising sales manager, Herb Tarlek. 

With the help of saner employees such as Bailey Quarters; the rather shy journalism major; Jennifer Marlowe, the beautiful receptionist who is the very opposite of a stereotypical “Dumb Blonde” and Andy Travis; the studly program director, Carlson tries gimmick after crazy gimmick to bring money into the station and make it a success.”

WKRP premiered September 18, 1978 on the CBS television network, and aired for four seasons and 88 episodes through April 21, 1982. During the third and fourth seasons, CBS repeatedly moved the show around its schedule, contributing to lower ratings and its eventual cancellation.

The ensemble cast consisted of Gary Sandy, Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and Frank Bonner.

I miss this one, it was a great sitcom!

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Remember Pleated Ties?

Pleated Ties, do you remember when they were popular? They certainly had character.

Interesting facts about pleated ties:

1) They were popular in the mid-’50s.

2) By the early ’60s ties became more narrow and would not hold a pleat. So, that was that!

3) These neckties have an art deco look to them.

4) You tie a pleated tie in the smooth part above where the pleats start.

5) Some neck ties had six pleats and others had four. It all depended on the width of the tie.

6) Fabrics used for the ties ranged from brocade to woven rayon with ties today sold in silk fabric.

7) Yes, you can still get neckties with pleats in them today. Some are rather pricey and are high fashion.


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Remember Pleated Ties? 



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Old Watering Can

Remember the old watering can that your parents or grandparents used in the garden? It’s still useful, still works great!

Vintage watering cans make great flower planters and can also be used in a group to really make a statement! They add so much to a garden, flower bed or as decor on the front or back porch. They can even be used inside the house as a unique decorating piece!

The condition of the watering can doesn’t matter…the older it looks, the better it is!

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.”  ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

old watering can

And look what else you can do with an old watering can:


Old Watering Can


And More…this is such a unique and useful way to use a watering can. Doesn’t it just make you want to jump under it and have a nice shower? It could also be used in an outdoor shower!

old watering can


Isn’t this attractive?

summer porch:


Love this watering can birdhouse!

Water Can Bird House:


For more Flowers and Plants…

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