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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Toy Story

What's It Wednesday #66

It has been a raining off and on the last couple of days. When it's raining out, my mind starts to wonder. I was watching my kids play with their toys and I began to think about the toys I use to play with. Then I started to wonder about how much fun my mom and her brother, Uncle Freddie, use to have when they were kids with their toys. 

So off I went into the storage room and started to pull out bins of toys. I went through the toys my brother and I use to play with and then I went through the bin with the toys my mom and her brother use to play with. Mom says that Uncle Freddie played with this Wyandotte Posse Model Mechanical Shooting Gallery for hours. 

This tin litho shooting gallery has a wind up key and two dart guns. My uncle use to play with this in the late 40s and early 50s. 

My mother said she enjoyed playing with it as well. She got a kick out of watching the ducks go around and around. 

Uncle Freddie said he and my mother would play checkers on the front porch for hours on end.

I could not believe my luck when found this bottle cap in the checkers bag. What was more unusual was the fact that all the checkers were accounted for. 

 I dug further down in the bin and came across this Poosh-M-Up Jr. 4-in-1 table top game. 

Mom and her brother couldn't wait to get home from school to play with this tabletop pinball toy. The four games included Baseball, Bagatelle, Put-N-Take, and Colors. 

The tabletop game looks like a lot of fun with all the brightly colored clowns playing baseball. There is even a keystone cop that officiates the game. 

I had to ask my mom who did this western toy gun holster belong to because of the many pictures I have of her and her brother, they both owned toy pistols and holsters. She told me that this belonged to my uncle. I asked her how did she remember that, and she said that she preferred single holsters. 

This was one of many that he owned. He loved playing cowboys and indians. 

This is all that remains from the box that housed Mom's roller skates.

These very heavy, metal skates have metal ball bearing wheels and leather straps. Mom said she wore her skate key around her neck at all times to ensure that she was able to tighten her skates at the ready. These skates were one of her all time favorite toys from childhood. Mine was my Easy Back Oven, which I still have. 

What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?



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Revi said...

Thanks so much for the feature! Now, about those vintage games and's great that your family is one that keeps things, and that YOU appreciate and honor it! My grandma had lots of garage sales and wanted everything NEW. Now I buy other grandma's things. :)

Heirloom treasures said...

I think it was our peddle car,I shared with my oldest brother. It had two seats and was quite posh. My little brother had his own.
I also liked my basket making set.
You have some wonderful vintage toys. How nice to still have them. Most get thrown out when they are finished with these days. Unfortunately when my family emigrated to Australia,from England,we kids had to leave behind all our toys.:(

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Thank you ladies for another great party! Your vintage toys brought back lots of memories of some of my favorite toys! Hugs, Penny

Anne said...

What cool vintage toys!So wonderful that you have kept these!What fond memories you have!
Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting too!


Sweet Woodruff said...

LOVED your blog for a long time and I'm trying to be a regular reader, poster and follower now. Thank you for hosting such a sweet spread. Have a blessed week.

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Patti and Paula,
Thank you so much for featuring my Harlequin Pattern Tutorial!! Love your blog and, especially, the name Ivy And Elephants!!

Cottage and Broome said...

You have some real treasures there! Fun to look back and see what another generation played with. My favorite was my Barbie, I liked to make clothes for her. I still have my Barbie and my Aunt knitted a little sweater for her. Thanks for hosting, Laura

20 North Ora said...

How much fun to see all of those old toys! My favorite toy was a Betsy McCall doll. In fact, that is how I learned to sew was with that doll. I don't have a lot of old toys because I had three younger sisters and by the time the toys went thru four girls, there wasn't much left.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane


Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Great features! Thank you for hosting! Wishing you a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

NanaDiana said...

Paula- What wonderful old toys. I am like your Mom. I wore those heavy old ball-bearing skates, too. They would loosen up and come off the side of your foot and your ankle would twist unless you kept them tightened. It was fun to see them here- xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How wonderful that you've held onto these wonderful old toys! I've still got my Betsy Wetsy doll and the cradle that my grandfather made for her.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a great post; and an awesome collection of vintage toys. My favorites were all of my Barbie dolls, accessories, campers, airplane, townhouse, etc. I had it all! LOL! Thanks so much for hosting this great party!

Uniquely Ella said...

Thanks for hosting another lovely party. Loving those vintage toys and games, my fav is the checker game.

Uniquely Ella said...

Thanks for hosting another lovely party. Loving those vintage toys and games, my fav is the checker game.

sweet violets said...

Wow, you have a treasure trove of vintage toys!!! They are wonderful!! I loved my roller skates also, they were the same as your mom's.......also my electric toy over and my Ginny doll...all of which I still have....thank for a great party each week!!

Karen said...

Paula I am amazed that your family has kept those treasures. How wonderful to have those things. My favorite toy was an etch a sketch, I don't know why I was terrible at drawing anything on it LOL, still I played wiht it for hours. Great features, thanks for hosting.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Paula, thanks for hosting. I shouldn't be by now, but I'm am always just amazed at the wonderful collections you and Patti have. I had roller skates just like your mom's, but sadly, don't know where they are now..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting each week!!


SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wow, what an awesome collection of vintage toys! Something very special with those ones. Thanks for hosting! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love old toys. Very fun to collect.

must love junk said...

How fun that you've kept those toys! I had a little cash register that I loved to play 'store' with...I guess that was a sign of things to come, since I own a shop now with my mom!
Thanks for hosting :)

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

How fun to have those wonderful treasures and to know the stories that go with them. Memories to hold in your heart and in your hand. :)

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

Such a neat post! I always wondered what the key to the roller skates was used for...

Amy Jo

Curtains in My Tree said...

That is so nice you have your Mom's vintage toys. I don't even have a thing I played with as a child.

I use to love to play in our barn and play restaurant or school, I was always a waitress or a school teacher, my brother was my customer at the restaurant LOL
I loved my school pencil box I carried with me, I was probably 2nd or 3rd grade when I remember this

Salmagundi said...

Great post! I have several similar things to these that were mine as a child. My roller skates are just like your Mom's; and were a favorite of mine, also. Sally

miss flibbertigibbet said...

What a wonderful collection of vintage toys and games ! How nostalgic to see them!

lynn cockrell said...

Paula, I really enjoyed your post today and the pictures of your mother and uncles toys. How wonderful that your mother was able to keep these wonderful things. I don't have any of mine and I wish I did. There was quite a span of age difference between my older sister and brother and my brother, who was 18 months older than me, and me, the youngest in the family. As a result, the brother next to me and I were the ones who played together. Our favorite things was playing with the six-shooters and riding on the arms of my mother's rocking chair as if they were horses. Wonder if we were the only ones who ever did that? Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the feature this week! Big hugs to you :) And I love that old checker board!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thank you for hosting the party and also for sharing these "cool" toys with me.


Pura Vida said...

old toys are spectacular!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Paula,
Those toys are wonderful! That's so nice that you have them and the the memories to go along with them. Love the shooting gallery. Thanks for sharing! Gina

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow Paula you have some beautiful toys from childhood and in such great shape. A collector would be do impressed. I bet it was fun remembering all the fun times playing with these toys. Great post

Alessandra said...

Your toys collection is another great treasure. I love them and i think that it' s very nice that you still have them. The skates, the tin with the ducks...fantastic!

June said...

What a fun post Paula. Such a great collection of toys that you have kept so lovingly! It makes me wish I had taken better care of my own toys :(
hugs from here...

Doni said...

What a treat!!! Games from the family with all those pretty colors and graphics!! How much fun that must be to have those! I wish I could have kept more of my own toys and games. I have an old doll or two, but games that I loved most were Trouble and Monopoly! I of course always had to be the banker because I was oldest!!
Thanks so much for sharing your collection of neat toys with us. I always love visiting your blog!!

Audrey Frelx said...

OMG, I just love vintage ANYTHING and these are all just wonderful!!! Some of them remind me of when I was younger too -- especially the skates... lol!!! The pinball game brings to mind something my brother had.

What a wonder you saved them all. Not being as appreciative years ago as I am now, I threw out a lot that probably would have been so cherished now... tsk-tsk!

Thank you so much for visiting me and I love your blog too, so I'm following as well!!!

I'll be back, my friend!

Sarah Coller said...

How awesome is that that you've got their vintage toys...too cool!

Thanks for the party. I've just posted this week's Homemaking Linkup and would love to have you join, if you'd like.

Mrs. Sarah Coller


That chair with the cane is gorgeous!! I love vinatge old toys, when I remember mine and my brother's, wish my mom would have kept them! Thank you for hosting dear Paula. Big hugs,

Unknown said...

Ha Ha, I remember those skates and I had a pair. I think I kept my key in my pants pocket while skating in the neighborhood :)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh the skates for sure!!!!!!!! I wore my skate key around my neck too. I am probably old enough to be your Mother too:):) I Loved, loved seeing all these toys, you have a treasure chest there!!! That is so nice that you have all this stuff.Thanks for hosting. XO, Pinky

Danice G said...

My favorite toy (s) were my dolls. Yes, I played with dolls till about the age of 12, lol! The painting-by-number sets were also a fave of my twin sister and myself :)

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Paula, I was able to get on line today and decided to check blogs which I follow and what a treat it was to read about the toys you had played with as a child and those of your mum. When I reached the photo of your mum's roller skates, I had a huge smile on my face as they were practically the same pair as I had. Like your mum, I adored my skates. They were my favourite toy, so we must be of a similar age. I wore mine when I was about 9years of age and living in Yorkshire, England. Thank you for the memory. I hadn't thought about the skates for years. Best Wishes from India (I'm still on holiday). Daphne

Sweet Woodruff said...

Toys are my favorite collectibles. It's a sweet blessing that you all still have so many family treasures. Usually toys are lost or destroyed. Thanks for your kind encouraging words on my blog. I look forward to seeing more of you.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi girlies !
They just don't make toys like they use to :(
There was so much more imagination with the antique and vintage toys. What a great collection of toys. You always post the best nostalgic pieces and history.

Thank you Patti for your beautiful visit and taking the time to comment always joys my heart :)

A beautiful week to you ladies.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Such cute toys!!! Love the skates and the western holster!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

You know you always have such a fantastic party and your blog is always so inspiring!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks for hosting another lovely party. Loving those vintage toys and games sweet. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.
XXOO Diane

Alicia@ eco friendly homemkaing said...

Oh your vintage toys look amazing and really brought back memories!

Babs said...

Oh the "thrilling" time I had on my roller skates like your mom's. Those skates always came off and were constantly having to be adjusted. It's a wonder I didn't have a lot more scraped knees than I did.


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