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Old 11-08-2020, 07:13 PM   #781
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I remember the first time my family went camping. My dad rented a soft-top pop up. The rental place attached a hitch to the bumper of our ‘65 Rambler American station wagon with chains. I remember it bent the bumper a bit and dad was not pleased. We had a great trip though, and it started many years of camping and rv’ing.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:15 PM   #782
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Does anyone remember these? I hope this wasn’t posted yet.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:18 PM   #783
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LOL, I do remember seeing these ads! Usually near the ads for X-Ray glasses ��.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:37 PM   #784
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Does anyone remember these? I hope this wasn’t posted yet.
Brine shrimp as i recall. Entertaining for a few days before they got a burial at sea. Those were the days that whatever you flushed in this area went straight to the nearest large body of water that drained into the ocean.
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Old 11-08-2020, 09:41 PM   #785
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Sea Monkeys...I remember that ad on the back page of comic books. Haven’t given that a thought in decades.....good one!
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:30 AM   #786
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Interestingly enough, they still sell them, only they're a lot more expensive than $1.00.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Monke...20kits&veh=sem


https://www.amazon.com/Monkeys-80482...vescienceoa-20
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:40 AM   #787
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Hey, lets not forget about ant farms! I wasted a lot of hours watching those things run around in tunnels.
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:44 AM   #788
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Yeah, but I could never get them to drive a tractor!
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Old 11-09-2020, 09:49 AM   #789
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Yeah, but I could never get them to drive a tractor!
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:57 AM   #790
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The Sea-Monkeys were "created" and marketed by the same guy as the the X-ray Spex, Crazy Crabs, Invisible Goldfish, and Hair-Raising Monsters. Which all were sold in the back pages of comic books.
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Old 11-10-2020, 08:02 AM   #791
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Harbor freight got its start with comic book ads.
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Old 11-10-2020, 08:08 AM   #792
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The Sea-Monkeys were "created" and marketed by the same guy as the the X-ray Spex, Crazy Crabs, Invisible Goldfish, and Hair-Raising Monsters. Which all were sold in the back pages of comic books.
Interesting! The invisible goldfish is genious. Send kids a box of air and say "but theyre invisible!"
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Interesting! The invisible goldfish is genious. Send kids a box of air and say "but theyre invisible!"
Some considered Harold von Braunhut, the mastermind behind all those gimmicks as some kind of genius. His ability to sell anything, even himself as seen in this article from 2011, https://www.theawl.com/2011/06/the-s...d-sea-monkeys/, did get him into problems which he found ways out of.


His actions behind the scenes brings to mind someone we are unfortunately all too familiar with today.
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Old 11-10-2020, 12:18 PM   #794
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How about American Flyer train sets. Not to be confused with Lionel which used a 3-rail track. American Flyer used only two rails. Looked more realistic.

I just saw a complete set for sale online for $1600.
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I had a good sized Lionel set as a youngster. Dad boarded a large area in the attic and I ran trains for hours. That set would be worth a lot of $$$ now.
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Old 11-10-2020, 06:22 PM   #796
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Who remembers "Magic Moon Rocks" from the late 50's? In the 60's they dropped "Moon" and just called them "Magic Rocks".
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Local to the tri-state area, in the ‘80s and ‘90s there was an amusement/water park in Vernon NJ called Action Park. It was part of a ski area, a way to generate revenue during the summer months. We knew it as Traction park, it was well known for injuries and several deaths. Most of the rides were designed by the owner and people working there without any engineering experience. To help matters, they sold alcohol and it flowed freely. One of the attractions is shown here, a water slide with a loop. There is a documentary about the place called Class Action Park.
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Or something more universal, what about lawn darts?
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Or something more universal, what about lawn darts?
YEAH!! JARTS.
I think they were an organized way of playing a combination of horseshoes and mumbly peg.

I worked for an auctioneer for a while several years ago, JARTS are illegal to sell in the state of Ohio.


Anyone still have their "pet rock"?
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I remember that we lost a kid or two around the country on these. But there were much more dangerous things to play with too.
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