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03-01-2006, 11:40 PM
Ed Rosenthal - QUICKTRADING.COM - Assorted Books
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Contest runs from March 1st – March 31st, 2006
Winner will be announced by April 3rd, 2006
What was your favorite childhood toy?
Tell us all about it 420 words or less
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03-06-2006, 07:08 AM
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My favorite childhood toy was my first two wheel bicycle. It was a red "Flyer" and had handle grip streamers and chrome fenders and fat whitewall tires.The chain guard was shaped like a fire bolt and was flaming red in color. As cool as that bike looked it rode even better and thanks for the opportunity to ride down memory lane. :D
03-06-2006, 07:33 AM
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i would have to say it was my Optimus Prime Transformer.
i even have a pic to show you...
03-06-2006, 01:27 PM
The first toy that i can remember playing with was those green amry men:D MY friends and i use to have a blast with those playing war,we'd set them all up and then use little rocks to trow at them and whip out the others team:p Was alot of fun back then.
03-10-2006, 12:43 PM
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My favorite toys were my Tonka truck collection.
I had dumptrucks,bulldozers,graders,crane trucks,loaders,and ditch shovelers.
My imaginary friend (Ronnie Donnie)and i built many'many miles of road with our Tonka equipment.
Then my little brother came along and Ate the sand roads and left the Tonkas in the driveway were they got ran over.
Now I tell my kids that way back in the sixties,(when Jesus was a boy)(lol) all we had was a rock and a stick,and we were happy we had that,for some reason they don't beleive me though.
03-10-2006, 04:29 PM
i loved my erector set.and watching my choo choo go round and round blowing smoke with a light.gumby was the first present i remember.i was so shattered i didnt get pokey.my tonka trucks were cool too.:).......just memories.dont put my in contest.i have no wants.
03-10-2006, 05:16 PM
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I grew up in a semi rural area. When we found out that our neighborhood wasn't covered by any fire protection district my Dad took action. He got our neighborhood annexed into a fire protection district and in the process he became the captian of a volunteer fire station. That station turned out to be our house for about 4 years while a permenant station was constructed. During that time we had an old 1950's fire truck parked right in our driveway. Technically the truck belonged to the fire dept. but in my eye's it was mine. I used it a a jungle gym, pirate ship, fortress and even as a fire truck. My early school friends never believed me untill my dad would pick me up from school in it. I love that truck!
03-10-2006, 05:31 PM
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Growing up on a ranch in the Alberta foothills, we didn't need many toys to keep us entertained. I'd have to say the dog that protected my brother and I would have been a substitute toy. He was there every minute of the day, and night.
Be safe all.
03-10-2006, 06:39 PM
I enjoyed playing with my slinky. The original model was best, a long metal spring kids could have hours of fun with. Saved mine and used it as a shortwave radio antenna later as a teen.
Remember the Slinky's Television jingle? C'mon everybody sing!
"It's Slinky, it's Slinky, for fun it's a wonderful toy. It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun for a girl and a boy!"
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03-10-2006, 09:46 PM
I have read the contest rules.My favorite toy was the"Visible man" or "visible woman"-it was a replica of a human torso that showed the internal organs and veins and such.I was interseted in many "scientific" type toys ala the mini microscope lab and chemical set.I actually made working gunpowder-BANG! Peace BigD
03-16-2006, 07:58 AM
Just a reminder Contests close in just over 2 weeks...get your entries in...Hugs Uni ;)
03-17-2006, 01:45 AM
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well the best toy i had and lasted a long time too..is a spud gun..i remember every kid had one..in school..on the street ..man we had a blast with them..it was a steel toy gun..you needed a spud and stuck the top of the gun in spud..wee bits of spud were in barrel..and all you had to do was fire..if not that my b.m.x...i had a red line bike..
03-18-2006, 12:39 PM
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my fondest toy growing up was a red fire engine with fire hose a brass bell to clang and 2 white ladders,i would peddal that firetruck to imagenary fires wich would be my older brother making noises like a fire as i rode up and unrolled the hose to connect to faucet then i'd let him have it till he was soaked or the fire was out..i can still see it in my mind..thier was another toy
i loved very much it was a model plane that really flew as long as you held on to the wire control,it even had a little gas engine my dad would fill up then start it for me and off to the clouds we'd go,me and my dad flying the friendly skies of stockton cal.thank you for the memories dad i miss you..
03-18-2006, 09:49 PM
My favorite toy was my bike! Deep blue with white pinstripes, it was freedom! With it I could go to the Quad- once there, I could go to the bowling alley with it's resturant and pinball arcade; wander through the small nursery with a fish department and a tiny Japanese garden; go to the 5 and dime, or meander through the small department store. Or even go down the end of Chicago Street to where it changed to a dusty dirt road that led to "Sammy's farm"- one of the last remanants of a once rural area. Chicago Street had a fair slope to it and we kids would race down the long street with the wind streaming through our hair and bringing tears to our eyes. My bike took me everywhere, sometimes to Aunt Ruth's house some 3 miles away, when Mom was too drunk to make dinner or had just disappeared leaving a $20 on the table. The money was for us kids to get dinner at the bowling alley, but usually we'd mooch off of Aunt Ruth and spend the money at the arcade or on candy. Some days, I'd visit Mrs Hoover, an elderly lady who raised chickens and pheasants on a 5 acre plot of canyon land. My bike took me to school and to the library, which was my favorite haunt- tropical fish, marine biology, archeology, sci fi- I would read there for hours. I even rode it 20 miles to the zoo and museums, back then, if you were under 16, you got in free. Without my beautiful blue bike, my life would have been a total nightmare. My bike let me escape for a while. My bike was my freedom.
03-18-2006, 10:22 PM
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My favorite childhood toy was my first bike. It was not a brand new bike but a refurbished one donated to my father. He was a poor man and did not had the funds to buy a new one. I think it belonged to a cousin. It had a new blue painting and 2 new tires.
It was my 7th birthday and the gift made me feel so happy for many years.
I could feel the freedom in my rides around the neighborhood.
03-19-2006, 04:31 PM
My faviort toy that I ever had was a linol train set that I found circeling around the christmas terr in 1953.That train had everything you could imagen that came with it.It had bridges and trussels that you had to put together to raise the teack up and down,it had buildings that went all around wherever I wanted to put them.There were trees and a mountan with a tunnel ,there were logs on some cars there were pasenger cars and a coal car that set behind the engin,box cars flat bed cars and a caboose.It had a bouble switch over so you could shunt cars at the station and change around directions.Every thing you could imagen.I looked after that baby with tender love and care until I joined the forces .Had it packed in the closet with a few other goodies when I left.First trip home after dasic training it was gone.My kid brother sold it to some of his friends so he could get candy at the store.GGgggrrr
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03-20-2006, 05:01 PM
My fav toys as a kid, I was never allowed to play with. They were my grandpa's Military Models. He had been collecting for years and had whole battalions of WW2 figures. Both Nazi and Allies, Panzers, Spitfires, Green beret's, Medics, Radio vehicles, everything. If ever allowed, we could have reconstructed the D-Day landing, right on his study table. But we werent, and so there they sat.
I would get some satisfaction from merely staring at them and day dreaming about playing with them, but that is about as close as I got.
When my Granpa passed away, he donated them to the local RSL. I go there sometimes and have a beer or two, they keep the collection in a glass cabinet, and I often think, with a smile, how even in death Granpa managed to keep me from playing with his model soldiers.
03-21-2006, 06:26 PM
my favorite toy as a kid was my sleeping grandma.
when she fell asleep she turned into a mountain battlefield.
i would place toy soldiers all over and around her and pretend
that some soldiers had to climb over the mountains before they
were seen.once she woke up and all the soldiers fell all over the place.
she was laughing cuz i had two tanks guarding her boobs [ ammo dump ]
03-21-2006, 06:26 PM
Mine was my Duncan Butterfly YO-YO. I was a YO-YO man. I could do all kinds of tricks. Walk the dog, around the world and ya know I still have that YO-YO after about 40 years. I let my 6 year old son play with it but I always get it back when he's done !!!
03-21-2006, 06:28 PM
Oh I forgot, I read the rules, YO-YO on !!!
03-27-2006, 08:21 AM
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My favorite childhood toy was the one I got for 1966 Christmas. I really wanted a Red Rider BB rifle. MY mother said no way but my dad just smiled and said it would be up to Santa. While to my surprise on Christmas morning, I got one. since we lived in Toronto and it was winter, the kind of winter we had back then, when the snow banks where about 8 feet high, there was no place for me to use it. Too my surprise my dad said that there was one more gift downstairs, so we went down and there was a complete shooting range set up. It had everything I needed to shoot in the basement. My dad had built a back drop, so that missed shoots wouldn't hit the wall behind it, there was paper targets, spinning ducks and rabbits. It was the great toy I ever owned. I keep this gift and ended up giving it to my oldest son Adam, when he was six. We lived in the country so instead of the shooting range, which I don't know what happened to it, i took him outside and we had a great day shooting at bails of hay, old pop cans and plastic bottles. We had many days like his together with the Red Rider.
03-27-2006, 03:04 PM
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this is easy, my very favourite toy had to be firecrackers. big cherry bombs, the yellow and black checkerboards and lady fingers, tiny but oh so much noise. we would play for hours in the pile of sand setting up plastic army sets for the ultimate show down. we had rules too. if one guy fired his canon, he would place a firecracker anywhere in your camp and light it off, now my turn, lol. I would wire up 6 or so together to make a satchel charge, they never saw that one coming especially if I had a new kid to work over, lol. We would gather cat tails and place them in strategic locations to represent log structures. When you place a large red cracker under the cat tail, it will throw those seeds in every direction when lit off. Of course you can’t have a battle without bombers. We took those balsam planes you put together by sticking the wings on and then throw it into the wind. After a few modifications to these winged delights they become terrors of the night sky, packing lit firecrackers that self release when the fuse burns down. You just have to ensure you aren’t still holding the plane when this happens lol. More than once the plane would be totally destroyed inches from the release point, which we termed a total catastrophic structural failure, whicg called for retaliatory actions on the other position.
no one ever got hurt doing this so we couldn't understand why they would ban such a wonderful toy? of course as an adult I do understand.
I did have one run-in with dad. back then we had a coal shed attached to the back of the house, and coal was used for cooking and heating. I decided it was a good place to let off some of the new crackers I just bought. what I didn't know was that dad was given the day off in lieu for working on the weekend, oops, my bad. man was he ticked when he saw I was lighting off firecrackers in the midst of coal dust that had collected for the last 20 years. it wasn't my fault that he walked in and had started to chew me out, when the 6 pack went off almost simultaneously, scaring the crap out of us both.
Many Saturdays were spent planning the big one. I would still be playing with them if I could find some
03-28-2006, 05:24 PM
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i had quite a few favorite toys,bb gun a bike. but heres 1 that sticks out in my memories. i grew up in the late 70s early 80s,if you grew up around then i know youll remember, the mean green machine! there were other big wheels like it but none compared. it had the brake on the back wheel so you could spin out. i was about 5 or so & i begged for 1 & did stuff around the house to suck up, finnaly christmas came. my mom kept hinting we didnt have much money that year, so i wasnt expecting to get it. after i opened all my stuff my dad took me out to the garage & there she was , in all her green glory!! i grew up in central cali, so it was nice & warm on christmas, i spent all day ridding it all over the neighborhood. i ended up wearing the side with the break out so bad it had holes in the plastic & was no longer round.lol. i kept ridding that thing till there was no wheel left on it!!
03-28-2006, 06:40 PM
My favorite toy, as a kid was my first set of lincoln logs. I think I was only about 8 or 9 years old. This was over 40 years ago. I would build all kinds of houses, windmills, fences, etc, etc and when I aquired a few more sets I made an entire town with log cabins, highrises, barns, fences and anything else that you would find in a farming town. There was no limit to what you could make if you had enough pieces. The final town setup was eventually glued together, on 2 half sheets of plywood after my uncle installed a lionel train set on it. It took two years to complete the entire setup but I remember being obsessed with building this little town that had a train running through the entire town. I was so proud of the final product because it became a permanent christmas decoration at our house and the compliments that that little boy received from all the visitors to the house sure went a long way to helping my self-esteem. When I graduated high school I eventually became a carpenter and Mason and then learned how to build those things life size. If it wasn't for that first Lincoln Log set I doubt very much that I would have wanted to be a builder. Today, I could build a house from the ground up, if I wasn't limited by my injuries.
My mom and dad still have that Lincoln Log town with the train set running through it and still set it up at Christmas right in front of their living room window and they still get people stopping by to compliment on how nice it looks. They were even offered $500 for it. I'm quite sure the money offer was for the antique train set and not my little Log town. But I was never so proud as I was when I built that town. Ah, to be a kid again, but then again I still am that little kid who loves to build things.
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03-28-2006, 08:45 PM
i would have to say mud ! ! ! lol my brother's and i use to play in the summres with mud. we use to go under our house and sit along side our dogs on the hot days and then make some mud hole and flop aruond as if we were pigs. the when cars aproached we stand still and become imoratal statues for all to see. those were good time with no worries in the world just us acting as if no one else was around. no one telling us what to do and how to do it. just us with our summer free time to ourselves. when my mother come home the neighbors would squeal on us let her know that she had pigs runing around all in mud my mother would laugh at us and make us shower up. ah the great summers that have flown by. i can only say so much with out giving to much of my self away but i've made a hand full of friends on here and i wish u all a safe stay. to child hood memories, bravo
03-31-2006, 07:36 PM
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My favorite childhood toy would probly be my Transformer Optimus Prime. I can't tell you the hours spent playing with it. It was sooo rad!!!lol:D
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