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Folklore: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)

Rick Fielding 21 Dec 00 - 03:51 PM
catspaw49 21 Dec 00 - 04:00 PM
kendall 21 Dec 00 - 04:07 PM
Mark Clark 21 Dec 00 - 05:18 PM
Sourdough 21 Dec 00 - 05:21 PM
Bert 21 Dec 00 - 05:23 PM
catspaw49 21 Dec 00 - 06:42 PM
Rick Fielding 21 Dec 00 - 07:05 PM
Bill D 21 Dec 00 - 08:45 PM
Matt_R 21 Dec 00 - 08:56 PM
kendall 21 Dec 00 - 08:57 PM
kendall 21 Dec 00 - 09:01 PM
katlaughing 21 Dec 00 - 09:04 PM
catspaw49 21 Dec 00 - 09:58 PM
Matt_R 21 Dec 00 - 10:00 PM
kendall 21 Dec 00 - 10:19 PM
Matt_R 21 Dec 00 - 10:26 PM
GUEST,Giac, not at home 21 Dec 00 - 10:31 PM
Allan C. 21 Dec 00 - 10:36 PM
MMario 21 Dec 00 - 10:39 PM
catspaw49 21 Dec 00 - 10:48 PM
Matt_R 21 Dec 00 - 10:50 PM
Ma-K 21 Dec 00 - 10:50 PM
Mark Clark 21 Dec 00 - 11:05 PM
Matt_R 21 Dec 00 - 11:20 PM
Rick Fielding 22 Dec 00 - 12:07 AM
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roopoo 22 Dec 00 - 12:50 AM
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Subject: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 03:51 PM

Our friend Doug R. mentioned a "decoder ring" in another thread and it brought back some great memories. A few years ago at a Festival in Hartford Connecticut, I did a workshop with Steve Gillette and Fred Small. About ten minutes into it, one of us (forget who) mentioned one of those little "baking soda powered submarines" that came in cereal boxes. That was the end of the formal workshop. We all (including the audience) started remembering all the great little toys that the various companies used to get us to buy the cereal. Got pretty funny as we all regressed!

My all-time favourite was the "Own a piece of the Yukon". I forget what cereal (may have been Quaker Oats) but you'd get an actual "deed" for one square inch of Yukon territory. Somehow it went terribly wrong. Some enterprising kids started pooling their "property" and apparently ended up with an acre or so. They (or their parents) demanded that the company allow them to "build something" on THEIR land! Don't remember how it turned out.

I also had a decoder ring that contained "secret Pirate information" and had to be used with the "Commander Tom" television program. The "information" always seemed to be "do your homework, and obey your parents"! Some Pirate!

Anyone else remember these things?

Rick


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 04:00 PM

Aw keericed Rick.........Don't even get me started on this one!!! damn you anyway........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 04:07 PM

A Tom Mix siren ring? how about the ring with a mirror in it so you could look behind you without turning around? Glow in the dark spurs? ...shredded Ralston for your breakfast starts the day off shinning bright, gives you lots of Cowboy energy with a flavor thats just right..delicious and nutritous, bite size and ready to eat, take a tip from Tom, go and tell your Mom, shredded Ralston cant be beat! I'll bet Doug remembers!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 05:18 PM

Now where is my Lone Ranger Silver Bullet Atomic Ring? I need a few more REMs right now. This little device from the late '40s could be opened up and peered into in a darkened room. You'd see scintillations from what I always supposed was some sort of radioactive material. The light was probably from phosphor but they still needed something to generate the ionizing particle. As I recall, the scintillations were more frequent than cosmic rays would account for. What a good idea that was. Perhaps an early attempt at atomic waste disposal.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Sourdough
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 05:21 PM

There was a little armada of gray, plastic airplanes from Kix, I think and there was a ring from Cheerios with a little bomb-shaped apparatus on the top. They called it a "cloud chamber". It was reminiscent of a "Wilson Clud Chamber" used in atomic research n that there were little streaks of light that could be seen when you looked inside.

There was another item, I think it came through Superman. It was a decoder grid. It turned out to be a simple code that the Confederates used. The grid was easily memorized so an agent could carry it in his head. I still use that code for items that I need to recollect but isn't of great security.

What I remember most is how, growing up in New Hampshire, is Battle Creek, Michigan. What an enchanted place it must be to have all of those premiums. I think Post Cereal was there as well as Kellogs.

I look forward to more premium recollections.

Catspaw49?

Sourdough


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Bert
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 05:23 PM

Well I'll go for the sub title of this thread - (nostalgia).

There was a war on when I was a kid and I don't even remember having cereal boxes let alone toys in 'em.

A year or so after my Mother died, just after the war, we lived in a rest center in London. I was about 9 at the time.. The rest centers were put up because so many houses had been bombed and people had nowhere to live.
They were wooden huts, and a family's living quarters were divided off from their neighbours with heavy black curtains.
There was a communal kitchen with several commercial gas stoves in it.
Well, it was my job to make breakfast, which every day consisted of porrage made from fine oatmeal, none of your rolled oats stuff.

I would take our saucepan into the kitchen and stir it on the stove. I was the only kid in the kitchen with all these women cooking breakfast for their families.
So of course they all made a big fuss over me and I'd join in their chatting over the stove.

So I guess that's one of the reasons that I like women and get along well with them. Often at parties now, you'll find me sitting there chatting with the women while the guys are all watching football.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 06:42 PM

Wonderful story Bert. Luckily the CRS only affects the short term memory.

And Sourdough, you really hit it with the Battle Creek thing. I remember thinking it must be one fantastic place......all those prizes in one town........I wondered what it was like to live there. Some of the stuff, like the little subs, came in the boxes, but you could only get the BIG 5 inch one after saving those boxtops and sending to Battle Creek. Badges, patches, army rank insignia, balsa gliders....there was no end to the largesse!

And I have wondered since if the Ovaltine folks had a bunch of the Secret Decoder pins and rings left over from Little Orphan Annie because Ovaltine also sponsored "Captain Midnight and His Secret Squadron." We drank Ovaltine all the time because I had to have the Captain Midnight stuff.......My pin and OFFICIAL membership card as a Wingman in the Secret Squadron, my Secret Decoder Ring, and the biggie, a model of the Captain's plane (a Douglas Skyrocket).

One of the things that makes this thread funny/sad too, is thinking back on your first disappointment where you began to see the world through new eyes, that all was not as advertized. This is especially timely to me now since last weekend my 8 year old son Michael had his first big disappointment and I swear to you, its harder as a Dad to watch than to live through it. He is a Pokemon addict and when Burger King started ads for "Pokemon GameBoys" he was at my side in an instant. Now you and I know that B-K isn't going to give a GameBoy away with a Kids Meal, but try as I might, I couldn't explain this to Michael. Last weekend we all went to Burger King and seeing the look on his face and the disappointment in his questions and voice was damn near too much for the Ol' Man. He is now an older and wiser shopper perhaps, but another of those pieces of childhood innocense has fallen away.

Anyone on this thread who has not read Jean Shepherd's short story about getting the box from his Mom as an adult filled with "junk they found in the basement" needs to read it. Its absolutely hilarious and what makes it so is the truth in it. I think its in "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" but I'm not sure.

Great thread Rick......I'll be back and I bet some other will too.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 07:05 PM

TOM MIX!!!? Good grief!

Now my own personal cowboy hero (since Bert was smart enough to thread creep into the "nostalgia" bit..I'll happily jump in) was Hoppy. Yup, got a pair of Hopalong Cassidy six guns, filled 'em up with caps, and blasted my way into happy oblivion. Never could figure out the white hair though. As everyone at the age of twelve knew, white hair meant you wuz almost dead...or at least Gabby Hays (dadgummit Roy!)

Never could figure out Red Ryder (other than he had a little Beaver now and then) but I LOVED my Daisy air rifle...and Ol' Red obviously wouldn't steer a kid wrong.

One of the problems with the little circular photo medals that came in Cheerios (?) was that none of the hockey players actually LOOKED like they were supposed to.(maybe that was strictly in canada)

Davy Crockett was a biggy for me as well. I had the complete outfit, fringe, cap and all. Plus a gorgeous two foot long replica of a Tennessee huntin' rifle. It wasn't as much fun as the "Daisy" though, 'cause you couldn't kill toy soldiers with it. (or shoot out the TV, but I've told that one before)

TOM MIX!!?

Damn, Kendall, I've gotta start treatin' you with more respect. Did Tom Mix have a "sidekick"?

Rick


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 08:45 PM

hmmm..I once ordered a Sky King ring...square thing with hinged lid & magnifying glass so you could put pictures under it...and a little telescope ring that you could thread a tiny film strip thru...(I forget whose that was)...also, Nabisco shredded wheat used (1947) to put Buck Rogers space ships made of cardboard as dividers...punch 'em out & fold 'em up!

I'm sure there's a couple others...I had LOADS of 10 cent comics that were lost in a flood back then...I coulda been rich!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 08:56 PM

Anyone from my age group MUST remember the Wack Wallwalker epidemic, as well as Leon Neon, Cap'n Crunch & The Soggies glow-in-the-dark figures, the imfamous water-swelling dinosaurs, etc. Wow...fun to remember all that stuff...


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 08:57 PM

He sure did Rick..Sheriff Mike Shaw


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 09:01 PM

His horse was called Tony..Actually, it wasn't the real Tom Mix...he was dead. The part was played by Curley Bradley. I was listening to Superman on a battery radio the day it was announced that President Roosevelt had died..thats FDR to you kids. I remember thinking.."Does this mean the end of our democratic form of government"?


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 09:04 PM

You guys are all so old!**BG**

My most prized cereal toy is a teeny-tiny, two-hole, still-works harmonica that my sister, bet, got and later on gave to me! Hah! Music-related even!

My next most prized is one teeny-tiny plastic spoon which my other sister, Priscilla, gave me, or I stole it, CRS, from a group of them she got from boxes of something. I was too little to remember.

My next is my chunk of REAL Alaska gold in its own little grey velvet pouch, certified and everything. I've always been a sucker for rocks.

Most of the cereals we had were in those plastic bags, puffed wheat and rice variety - well there were five of us! Anyway, they didn't give things away, they sold things. I remember one Christmas I saved up all the proof of purchase pieces from the packages, sent in my $1.50 or thereabouts and ordered my mom a complete copper measuring cups and spoons set. Of course, they didn't tell ya they were kid-sized! I was so disappointed, but mom made it feel okay because she acted so pleased and remarked on how they were just right and would be so useful.

Rick, when Roger's mom passed away a few years ago, his sister sent him a few things she found amongst her treasures. One of them was his deed to his one square inch of Alaska. My sister, bet, has hers, too! Maybe we should come back to haunt them and put them all together for a Mudcat getaway lodge!

Thanks, great thread, even if you are a buncha old phoakies!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 09:58 PM

I was a sucker for the cowboy movies and TV shows. Thanks to a Dad who seemed to never tire of the genre I was also treated to old westerns on TV. The early days of TV were pretty humorous with the programs we now consider classics being filled with serials and other B movie stuff, so I got a lot of Tom Mix, Bob Steele, Tim McCoy, and Johnny Mack Brown as well as Roy, Gene, Hopalong, Cisco, and Sky King.

One of the things I remember well because it was my absolute passion for about 6 months, was a show called "Winky Dink and You." I think this must have been the first interactive thing ever done. I begged, cajoled, pleaded, and whined for my Winky Dink kit....and finally got it. It consisted of a piece of plastic sheeting that you put on the TV screen and some markers for drawing on the plastic. During the show you'd play various connect the dots games and the like, helping Winky through his adventures. For the early/mid fifties, it was pretty exotic.

Like Rick, I was into Ol' Davy too. I had the hat of course, didn't everyone? Walt was no fool even then and I was hooked on everything that had the King of the Wild Frontier on it. But I was never a Mouse Club kid except for the serials like "Boys of the Western Sea" and "Spin & Marty" and of course Annette. In the third grade I threw all caution to the wind and went for an Annette Lunch Box. I had a few fights over that one, but Annette was worth it.

Back in the cereal wars, my parents and grandparents were all eaters of Wheaties and Quaker stuff which NEVER had anything good, so getting the gelt had to start with downing boxes of Sugar Pops, Frosted Flakes, and others which had the REAL prizes. Does anyone remember Lash LaRue? He used a whip and for something like about a bezillion boxtops from a form of wheat germ, you could get one. Man alive, I wanted that whip and although my Dad would eat the cereal, I couldn't stand it and ended up giving my hardly won boxtops to a friend...who never managed to get the whip either. Really gets me now, because I love wheat germ today. Say, I wonder if they still have any of those whips?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:00 PM

Geez....make me feel like an infant, why don't ya?? LOL


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kendall
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:19 PM

The man who invented Hopalong Cassidy was a Mainer. Matt, I have to wonder what you are going to do for nostalgia...say..40 years from now.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:26 PM

Hey, I talked about MY nostalgia up there! I can't help it there's no one young to corroborate it!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: GUEST,Giac, not at home
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:31 PM

I sure do remember the submarines - marvel of science, the way they'd sink and float.

Yes, Sourdough, I remember the little grey airplanes. I managed to collect the whole set and had them for years.

Another set of things included miniature license plates from each state (48 states then of course).

I also remember little metal critters, such as a frog and a bug of some sort. They were made of tin and when you pressed down on the back, they'd then pop back up with a clack and the varmit would jump. Don't remember what kind of cereal they came in, though.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Allan C.
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:36 PM

Spaw, I may be wrong but I think Tom Terrific used the plastic screen cover idea as well. I never got one though.

I saved my two Cheerios boxtops and did some trumped up chores around the house so that I could have the two quarters necessary to send off for an "official space gun - just like the one used by..." it might have been Flash Gordon or it might have been that Captain sombody-or-other who once used an office stapler as a ray-gun on the show. Anyway, I just HAD to have one. Eternity passed and the package arrived. Wow! It really looked like a "space gun" except that it was made of pink plastic.

What was required to use it was to fill a chamber with talcum powder. Then when you squeezed the trigger, it would compress a small bellows inside which blew out a marvelous cloud of white dust.

Twice.

Then it clogged horribly and surgery was the only option. (That's how I learned all about how it worked!) I managed to get it back together again but the bellows never worked right after that.

Now, if that doesn't tug at your heartstrings, then someday I'll tell you all about my first kite.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: MMario
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:39 PM

Matt - your nostalgia is accurate...I spent many an hour saying "NO! Put it BACK!" in the grocery store with my nephew and niece. Gave in occasionaly, but they'd dig out the prizes and feed the cereal to the dog, so not often. the dog didn't need that crap and I didn't need the hassle of cleaning up the mess he made afteer he ate it.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:48 PM

Oh gawd Allan.......No "first kite" stories....I can't take it. Got one myself.............

I don't remember if Tom used the screen plastic, but I do remember........

I'm Tom Terrific, greatest hero ever.
Terrific is the name for me, 'cause I'm so clever.
I can be what I want to be, and if you want to see
Stand up and follow me.

Pathetic huh? Takes me forever anymore to learn a new song..................oy.............

I think your space gun may have been "Captain Video." You could also get two models of his rocket/spaceship, one of which was really expensive but pretty cool. The other was a cheap thing with cardboard fins. Give you one guess which one I had...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:50 PM

Dang, I forgot about those baking-soda powered submarines! I had hundreds of those things!!!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Ma-K
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:50 PM

Remember Jack Armstrong the all American Boy,Little Orphan Annie,Sky King,Dickie Dare? Thay came on right after school. I had the Dragons eye ring,Magic answer box and something that told you how many miles you walked. Butter boxes had stoves, ice boxes, cabinets printed out on their waxed boxes. Flour,sugar,chicken feed sacks were made of printed materal. You bought 100 lb sacks.I had a box of money from different countrys that came from cereal boxs. My kids found them and buried them for tresure and of course could not find them again. The 30's were a great time to be a kid Mary


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 11:05 PM

I confess that I was a big "Hoppy" fan too. That was the role I always tried to get when we rode the neighborhood on our imaginary stallions.

Matt, I'm somewhat older than you are... actually, I'm guessing that my children are also somewhat older than you are cause the only thing you mentioned that I've even heard of was Cap'n Crunch. Never actually tried any though. Sounds like I've got some catching up to do. Maybe my grandchildren can bring me up to speed.

To me, Canada was just this big empty space above the U.S. on maps. I didn't come to learn what Canada was really like <g> until the Sgt. Preston radio broadcasts with his faithful sled dog Yukon King. Eventually the sponsor, a cereal company, started printing Dawson City cutouts on the cereal boxes. I'm not saying I learned to love their cereal but I did manage to choke a lot of it down to get the cutouts. I had the whole city collected and the stern wheeled steam boat that served the radio players so well. I'm thinking the cereal was Shreded Wheat but I may be wrong about that. The time was probably c. 1952.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 11:20 PM

Then there were the cool animals from Super Golden Crisp...I had the snake...


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:07 AM

Sargent Preston Of The Yukon! With his dog Yukon King!

On you Huskies, on! Mush! Mush!

Now in those simpler times TV could slag whole races with impunity, so the good Sarge was always tracking down cowardly half-breeds.

Sargent P.: "Well it's the end of the line for you Jacques le Rubberboot"!

Jacques: By Gar! By Jeez, tabernack! H'its dat darn Mountie! Mon dieu you'll never tak me alive, by Gar!

Usually the french canadian villainous trapper would then fall into a crevice, and Sargent Preston would turn to Yukon King and trumpet: "See King, crime doesn't pay".

Canadian kids could get a genuine "official Mountie" badge if they sent in to the show. Even as a twelve year old I didn't think much of the constabulary, so I passed on that.

I DID have an official Richard Greene "Robin Hood" bow and arrow set, with cap and feather.

Oh....and WRESTLING CARDS! Argentine Rocca, Lou Thez, Gorgeous George, Whipper Billy Watson, Dory Funk, Killer Kowalski, and the toughest of all...Gene Kiniski (who stomped off Kowalski's ear! (yes I knew it was totally fake....but my grandma didn't!)

Rick


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:24 AM

Rog says at least he wasn't a singing Mountie! LOL

I made a mistake. It was a square inch of the Yukon, Rog has got. He wants to know, Rick, can he get Canadian citizenship with that, eh? **BG** He also says maybe it was all First Nation land!

luvit!kat


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:30 AM

Yep, Spaw, it was Captain Video.

"I'm Tom Terrific. From Atlantic to Pacific..."

My first archery set was an official Roy Rogers set which featured his signature on the bow (black bow with white signature).

I learned alot of good information about the outdoors from the cardboard dividers that came in Nabisco Shredded Wheat. Some had scenes from The Lone Ranger in which the masked man or his faithful Indian companion would figure out something somehow and I was left with puzzling out how they did it. One I recall was how Tonto knew that the bad guys had been gone for quite some time from their campsite. (The campfire ashes were still warm.) Other cards had line drawings of birds and animals. I am not sure but I think perhaps Mark Trail might have imparted some bits of information about them.

Bill D. will remember them better than I - or at least he did the last time we talked about these dividers.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:32 AM

Oops. The ashes were cold that time.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:40 AM

Allan! I just got the joke in Mark Trail's name!! (only 40 years late!

kat, that square inch of the Yukon must be worth a fortune by now. Oh, and of COURSE it was Native land. Quaker payed them for it with puffed wheat!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: roopoo
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:50 AM

Wow you lot over the pond really had some good stuff! My earliest memory of the freebies is the little rotor blades on a stick that you whirled between your hands and then let go. It would be in the late 50s. That would be probably with Kelloggs Corn Flakes. Of course, with cereals that was as exciting as it got for me. My mum never bought many of the more expensive fancy ones like Ricicles. As far as I can remember, British firms seemed more interested in giving plastic roses away with washing powder. Or Christmas decorations. They were silver sycamore or maple leaves with little cones and artificial berries on. How do I remember the detail? My mum's still got some and uses them every year!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 01:36 AM

Does anyone remember little salt and pepper shakers that came in some kind of ceral. They were square with little buttons on the top that you pushed ... and the mugs with the vintage cars on them that came in Quaker Oats? LL


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: GUEST,Thom M. at work
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 02:13 AM

What the frogmen that worked on baking powder similar to the subs. I think they might have been Post cereals. They used to be advertised pretty hot and heavy in the mid fifties.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: KT
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 02:48 AM

This is a riot! I don't remember most of that stuff! Maybe I wasn't all that interested in the rings and submarines. But I did love what we used to call "wiggle pictures," the ancestors to holograms. Came in Cheerios... And "I want my MAPO!!" Anyone remember THAT?


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 03:29 AM

Ah, I'd forgotten about laundry detergents and the way they packed a towel into a little tiny box which had usually settled all the way down at the bottom, so you either had to be patient or dig through all of the powdered soap to get to it. My mom always bought that brand, I think it was Breeze? and I remember buying it when my son was little. Wonder why they stopped doing that? They were pretty sturdy, if thin, towels; came in handy, esp. with little kids around. I think the smaller packages just had wash cloths in them; then hand towels; and if you went for the biggest box, well then...lap of luxury!**BG**

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: bassen
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 03:44 AM

Wasn't the Captain Midnight decoder shaped like a jet/spacehsip and hollow so you could pour a drop of milk in and write invisible messages with the removable nose?

As for Tom Terrific and memory, this from central Norway and most of my life later

I can be a plane up high
A diesel train go roaring by
A bumble bee or a tree
It's me!
When there is trouble
I'm there on the double
From th'Atlantic to the Pacific
They know Tom Terrific

As for the baking soda subs, my Dad used to use a deodorant that came in plastic squeegy bottles (I remember them as green and the sound of wheee-juh, wheee-juh, two doses under each arm in front of a misty mirror in the mild panic to get ready for work/school)anyhow, I'd get the empty bottles, filled with water in the bath tub I used them to strafe the subs when they surfaced...

I should really get back to work...

bassen


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 03:49 AM

Haha, that's a great image comes to mind, Bassen, getting those subs. Reminds me when I was about 5/6 my favourite bathtub toy was a metal submarine which was battery-powered. It was soooo kewl, I just loved it. Anyone else have one of those?


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 06:03 AM

I got my first camera with 75˘ and a Wheaties boxtop...worked pretty good, too! I used it for several years.

*remembering that Red Ryder always wore his two guns backwards and did this weird cross-draw...I tried it with my toy set, and even then I thought it seemed awkward..no wonder he had a shorter movie life than Roy & Gene.*


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kendall
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 08:11 AM

I remember Maypo when it first came out. My kids didnt like it. I wish I had saved some of those old comic books, they are worth a fortune now. The Green Hornet...Blue Beetle..Captain Marvel.. Captain America..the Vigilante..and my all time favorite, MAD! Kooking at George W brings back memories!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 08:24 AM

kat, I never had a battery-powered sub; but I had one of those little tin, steam powered boats. A candle was placed under the water-filled canope and once lit, produced enough steam to propel the boat quite nicely. I was pleased to discover that those boats are still for sale in some areas.

Anybody remember potato pistols? I found them for sale recently as well.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 09:40 AM

That sounds kewl, Allan!

Kendall, one of the things we packed up into several crates to go to storage when we changed houses was my MAD collection. I don't have any when it first came out in the 50's, but I do have most of them from the 60's on; very worn of course, as they've all been read by each of my kids and then some. You're right, ole Dumbya unfortunately for Alfred, bears a striking resemblance!

kat


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 09:45 AM

SPUD GUNS!!!!!

Got one in my dresser drawer!!! I used to really make my grandmother angry with those rotting potato bits she'd find all over the place.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 10:05 AM

Cracker Jacks used to have "Candy-coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize". Well, they still do, sorta. If you consider a miserable little sticker (that doesn't stick) or a water-soluable tattoo that produces an almost invisible image to be worthy of being called "prizes". Gee, they used to have "diamond" rings and all manner of little plastic things you could put together and do something silly with. But I guess they had to stop because of all the problems with kids swallowing the tiny parts. Too bad.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:05 PM

Yesterday heather and I were shopping for Christmas presents for two young friends (4 and 6) and as we walked through the aisles and aisles of toys, I kept thinking: "Where were ALL these things when I was a kid"?

Oh lordy if all the toy weaponry had been there when I was 12...what fantasies I could have lived out! Uzis, Magnums and the like. It's just too bizarre. All those guns when I was a kid and I grow up to be one of those Pinko liberal anti-hunting, anti-uniform commie wimps! Man, if my first REAL hero had been John Wayne rather than Pete Seeger, I'd probably be Toronto's Chief of Police now instead of a folk singer!

Yup Allan, too many kids were goin' to the hospital with little plastic "Popeyes" in their tummies.

Catspaw, I LOVED my "spudgun"! But.....because of my "feminine side", (the part of me that DIDN'T want to blow everything to smithereens) I also loved my

**MR. POTATOHEAD** (is there an "E" on that Dan?)

Nobody's talked about one of the more lethal kids' toys...the slingshot. For whatever strange reason, those things scared me.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: Bert
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:18 PM

Ah yes spud guns, and pea shooters. Those things never did work very well, fortunately.

And a cap pistol. Now there was a toy. It wasn't 'till I became an engineer that I realised what a miracle it was that they ever worked. You've got this mechanism that in one pull of the trigger, advances the roll of caps precisely the right distance and releases the hammer to fire the cap. It all looks like a quite realistic gun (to a kid at least) and the whole darned thing is made of bloody pot metal. Amazing.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:32 PM

Still have my cap pistol, a real purty six-shooter just like my dad had. Another one I had was a bazooka, it was clear plastic tube, with a smaller tube fitted inside, had ping-pong balls in it and when you pumped air into it (kind of like a trombone slide, but it built up air pressure) out would pop one of the balls. But, we were never allowed to point any of our toy weaponry at anyone or live thing.

Cracker Jacks prizes suck, now, Allan!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kimmers
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:34 PM

Hey, Matt, I remember the Wacky Wall Walkers. And I still have my Freakies magnets on the fridge.


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: annamill
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 01:05 PM

Wow!! I loved Lash LaRue and Red Ryder (story later) and Captain Midnight and Sky King And Johnny Mac Brown and Hoppy and Gene Autry and Lone(Long) Ranger and I had a Winky Dink kit too, 'spaw, all too awsome.

About Red Ryder. I never realized how very un-PC Red Ryder was until I was talking to an American Indian or Native American, or Naturist, etc. A couple of us were having this very conversation and I brought up Red Ryder, explaining how very much I enjoyed his show. My Indian friend, John, got up in a huff and left the table and the room. I sat there stunned. Another friend explained. RED Ryder...RED as in Indian...Ryder as in rider...Little Beaver..Little indian boy (REDSKIN)...Red Ryder and Little Beaver ????? Gee, I never thought of it like that...

I still liked the show though (sorry)

Kat, I used to play that I was Lash LaRue (was always a tomboy). I would put on a mask and run around on my make believe horse with a piece of rope for a whip..attacking all the girls and their Barbies and the mean boys.. I made a boy cry once by "lashing" him on the ear. It upset me a lot and I brought him home for my mother to fix his ear. We became really good friends.

Ahh, the innocence of childhood. I sent away for those stupid monkey people!

Does anyone remember having to stay in a dark room because of the measles? I listened to the Lone(Long) Ranger, the Creaking Door, etc. That was fun!

Good memories. Love, annamill


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: kendall
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 01:24 PM

I well recall the dark room and measles. The perfect place to listen to The Inner Sanctum, and, Mysterious Traveler. One episode of I Love a Mystery scared me for years, it was titled Bride of the Werewolves.. There is no way they can reproduce that kind of terror on tv!


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Subject: RE: Cereal Box Treasures.(nostalgia thread)
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 01:31 PM

This is either a trip down memory lane or a visit to the chamber of horrors. The darkened measles room.......oy...........

Cap Guns? I think it is part of the genetics of the male child to want to arm himself with all sorts of weaponry. There were some girls who were into it too, but theat passionate need and screaming desire must be located on some male gene. I was a cap gun addict I admit, but I had taste. Those stupid little things that were so common could not hold a candle to the beauties behind the counter at the H&A. What a place! I did all manner of chores to save up for this beautiful, highly polished "Holt 45.".....a cute play on words that I missed as a kid. It was quite a prize and the desire of every gunslinger in Uhrichsville AND Dennison. Several of the "rich kids" had them and I was determined to possess one too. About this time, the "fanner 50" came out. Remember that one? It certainly had merits of its own like a large trigger you could "fan" to get off quick shots from the hip. It was less than the Holt and I had enough money to be one of the first to have one. I bought it that Saturday with all the excitement there was to be had, but I still had a bit of longing for the Holt.....it was really beautiful. Within two days the "big trigger" snapped off my Fanner 50 and soon the plating started to look pretty warn......and a grip fell of......and it wouldn't feed caps.

I could barely go in the H&A. How could I have been so stupid as to go for the glitz and not the substance? The Holt would never be mine and I think I learned something about being a wise consumer that day. Skip the inlay....Do it play???

Spaw


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