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Whizzing on Fizz (Feb, 1947)

Whizzing on Fizz
Douglas Aircraft engineers enliven noon hour by racing tiny cars jet-driven by CO2

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Make Hallowe’en Whoopee with Mechanical Tricks (Nov, 1932)

These tricks are really dorky but anyone who uses the phrase “nocturnal orgy of nonsensical abandon” is OK in my book.

Make Hallowe’en Whoopee with Mechanical Tricks

by DALE R. VAN HORN

A Hallowe’en party might be defined as a nocturnal orgy of nonsensical abandon. In other words, an affair when any goofy trick is in order. If you want to show your guests some real fun perform the stunts described here and then won’t be a single moment of boredom

ON HALLOWE’EN Eve you can stage all the goofy stunts you have been wanting to exploit for a long time. Nothing is too low-brow for the occasion. It is the one time of the whole year, not even excepting New Year’s, when you can forget worldly cares and the weight of adult responsibilities, and have a thoroughly good time.

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Electrically Operated Robot Card Dealer (Nov, 1931)

Electrically Operated Robot Card Dealer Speeds up Bridge 30 Per Cent

SAID to be capable of speeding up bridge playing almost 30 per cent, an automatic card dealer invented by C. B. Ripley of Portland, Ore., is being put on the market. The device holds two packs of cards-to be dealt as desired, and deals them into a revolving receptacle of four sides for the four respective hands, as shown in the accompanying photo. Cards are placed in it and left to be dealt by the robot, while the players proceed with the game. The novel device is electrically operated, and can be plugged into a wall or light socket.

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Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop (Dec, 1947)

Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop
ALTHOUGH metals for toys are more plentiful now, the war-born use of plastic substitutes is still enjoying a well-earned popularity with the toy makers— and the youngsters. Here are three new recruits to the growing ranks of plastic toys.

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Toy firemen Make Lawn Sprinkling Play (Nov, 1933)

Toy firemen Make Lawn Sprinkling Play

JACKIE gets a shower and keeps the lawn sprinkled with a miniature pumping fire cart his father, B. A. Clark, of Minneapolis, built for him.

Two firemen that actually work a pump on the sprinkler keep Jackie amused while taking care of his father’s lawn. The fire department sprinkler was built on an ordinary coaster wagon. It pulls the garden hose along wherever Jackie takes it.

The stream of water operates a device that moves the two miniature figures working the pump. A fire chief stands before them, watching their work. Mr. Clark reports he did not have to bother about watering the lawn or keeping Jackie cool after he built the toy fire cart.

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SKI-HI STILTS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES (Aug, 1954)

Make blog had a post with a pair of stilts that look exactly like these yesterday. They also have instructions on how to build them so you can save your self a quarter.

SKI-HI STILTS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Two lengths of Reynolds Do-It-Yourself Aluminum tubing and one piece of bar stock are the necessary materials. You can turn it out in very little time by following simplified directions outlined in Easi-Bild Pattern No. 552.- 25c with coupon

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Mystery Top (May, 1952)

Otherwise known as a Tippe Top, it’s really something to watch.

Mystery Top
How does it work? A mysterious top, spun on a smooth surface in the ordinary manner, spins normally for a few seconds, then rolls over and continues to spin on its stem. Eventually, as it “runs down,” the plastic top rolls over on its side and finally resumes its normally upright position. It comes in two-color combinations.

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Junior at the Wheel (Jan, 1948)

Junior at the Wheel
Many a parent has wished for something to keep Junior occupied during long drives. With this toy steering wheel, daddy can concentrate on the road ahead while young “hopeful makes believe he too is driving. Made of hard rubber, the mock wheel is attached to the dashboard by a suction cup. It even has a horn that works.

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Funster (Dec, 1947)

Sounds like a Web2.0 company to me. I’ll bet if we called it Funstr we could get it funded.

“Funster”
The New Amazing 20 way-play HOME GYM SET FOR INDOORS OR OUTDOORS
BUILD IT YOURSELF OF WOOD
The unit includes, besides these illustrations, a chairo-plane scoot-a-round, gym bar and various combinations of play thrills. ALL PARTS ARE INTERLOCKING
AND REQUIRE ONLY FROM 10 TO 50 SECONDS TO CONVERT FROM ONE PLAYTHRILLER TO ANOTHER.

An Ideal Xmas Gift For All The Children

Twelve sheets of pictures with drawings and instructions for all twenty ways for ONLY $2.00

SEND FOR YOURS NOW
HIGHLAND MFG. CO.
Cor. Garfield & 4th – Highland, Indiana

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AMERICAN BOYS BILL OF RIGHTS (Dec, 1947)

Ahh yes that elusive 73rd amendment, “Those under voting age have the right to SHOOT SAFELY” it’s sandwiched between the 72nd (the right to SLEEP SOUNDLY) and before the 74th (the right to TWO ALL BEEF PATTIES in your Big Mac).

AMERICAN BOYS BILL OF RIGHTS

We… The Boys of America believe in these OURRIGHTS: the right to LIBERTY, hard-won by our forefathers ~ the right to HAPPINESS that comes with the growth of a healthy body and mind ~ the right to TRAINING, thoughtfully planned by parents, school and church ~ the right to OPPORTUNITY, to live, learn, play and grow up in the time-honored traditions of a free people ~ and the right to learn to SHOOT SAFELY. We recognize and accept the responsibility imposed by these Rights. But ~ until we are old enough to vote we expect YOU ~ our fathers, mothers and other citizens who elect America’s city, county, state and federal officers ~ to be eternally vigilant that our RIGHTS be not abridged!

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