Tue, May 8, 2007, 7:03am (EDT-1) email@example.com
(sweet sawdust) doth clarify:
Toys. At this show it was 1850. <snip> whammey doodle <snip> spinning
disk ( button on a string) <snip> acrobat <snip>
Ah, figured just about had to be some type of toy, just couldn't
figure out what kind - most toys must take highly skilled craftsmen to
make, judging by the prices asked most of the time, no matter how simple
they are. Or maybe it's because some people thank that 'handmade' is
another word for 'exensive'. Yeah right.
When I was a kid, none of us ever had any interest in whammy
doodles or acrobats. We used to string large buttons on a string tho.
Get that thing spinning full blast and it'd probably have imbedded
itself in the forehead if the sring had ever broke. We used to see who
could make one buzz the loudest.
How about another sure seller? We used to make our own darts.
Take one clean, shelled, corn cob, stick three chicken feathers in one
end, stick a sharp nail, poin out, in the other end. Our 'dart board'
was usually the side of a corn crib, darts stuck nicely. I know I was
probably in the 6-7 age range making these, so they're safe for small
children. We all knew that if we threw one at someone else, that hit or
not that person would damn well throw a dart back, with all their
strength, instead of just running off crying.
Now that I hink about it, skyhooks used to go over pretty big too.
I turned 66 last Dec. You do the math.
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