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Toy Automobiles With Real Motors Displayed in England for First Time (Aug, 1930)

Toy Automobiles With Real Motors Displayed in England for First Time

IN THESE modern times when motor cars are playing such a prominent part in family life, the children have such an advanced knowledge of the auto that they demand that their toys he correct in every detail. These miniature cars, which were recently displayed at a British automobile show, are equipped with motorcycle engines, pneumatic tires, electric lights, starters, and all other modern accessories. The little fabric coupe pictured here is the first of its kind.

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New Game Uses Wooden Foils (Aug, 1938)

New Game Uses Wooden Foils

A NEW fencing game uses foils made of wood with suction cups on the ends. Shields made of cardboard are worn with various sections of the body marked off. Face protecting masks made of cardboard and wire mesh also are included. Shown demonstrating the outfit are Rita Hart (left) of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Ethel E. Battner, of Jamaica, L. I., N. Y.

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WILLY the walking bug (Jun, 1967)

WILLY the walking bug

WILLY can be taken off the wooden track and played with but his finest moment is on the track, being pulled by the string. His legs take on a most lifelike movement which is imparted by the waves cut in the “wiggle spine.”

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FUN WITH BALLOONS (Feb, 1946)

FUN WITH BALLOONS

Next time the children have a party add to the fan with these toy balloon games.

TO ADD zip and zest to a children’s party turn your attention to these toy balloon games. Here you will find the answer to gay and novel games. The blowing balloon race, shown in the top photo, is one of the most popular forms of amusement. Line up two or more players at one end of a room and in front of each place an inflated balloon.

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Puppets May Now Smoke (Feb, 1940)

Finally, science accomplishes something important!

Puppets May Now Smoke

The high spot of a marionette show now touring the country is when one of the tiny puppets lights up a cigarette, inhales the smoke, and blows it out. The picture above shows the puppet under the guidance of invisible strings, and below, how the smoking stunt is accomplished.

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Air Rifles Have Lever (Dec, 1939)

Air Rifles Have Lever

Hand Pump A well known type of air rifle has been improved by the addition of an easy lever hand pump action. The gun also has bolt action, hammer fire, hair trigger, safety and adjustable sights.

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Phototube Detects Bowling Fouls (Jan, 1933)

Phototube Detects Bowling Fouls

A PHOTO-ELECTRIC tube now makes it impossible for bowlers to step on or over the foul line without being detected. A small beam of light is focused across the alley so close to the floor as to be intercepted by nothing except the player’s toe, which needs to slide across the foul line but a fraction of an inch to be detected and registered by a flashing red light.

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Their Ship Came in… from Tokyo (Mar, 1957)

Their Ship Came in… from Tokyo

Clair Oberly and Les McDonough, two ex-fliers, parlayed their model boats into a million-dollar-a-year business. By Louis Hochman SEVEN years ago, Clair Oberly and Les McDonough were just another pair of ex-Army and Navy fliers earning their keep as pilot and navigator for the Flying Tiger Line, a commercial outfit operating between the United States and Tokyo.

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Concrete Toy (Apr, 1947)

Fascinating Toy with an educational value is this building set invented by Andrew Sommerfeld of Hadley, Salop, England. Using moulds which reproduce sections to scale of famous buildings, youngsters cast the parts in a special concrete strengthened by copper wire. Here they are finishing a church.

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Clink, Clink, Clink Goes the Trolly (Dec, 1956)

Clink, Clink, Clink Goes the Trolly

Jack Francis’ whimsical kiddie trolly is clanging along to the tune of merry dollars.

JACK FRANCIS is a dreamer who follows up an idea by saying: “Let’s try it.”

Optimistic as he is, even Francis thought his idea for a kids’ trolly was a bit zany. While he rode around on his motorcycle, doing his job as a traffic officer for the city of Oakland, Calif., he kept thinking about building a little trolly car.

In his work with traffic safety, Francis had plenty of experience with youngsters. He loves children and, with the trolly car scheme he had in mind, he thought he had something that would make them happy. But he had three problems: no money to build it, no place to operate it, and no time to undertake such a project.

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