Sunday, June 21, 2009

OLD TOYS, NUTTY MADS, BIG DADDY ROTH, UNIVERSAL MONSTERS, BANKS

Old toys inspire me to draw and paint, so over the years I've accumulated a lot. Here are some I've collected from fleamarkets, yardsales and ebay. Many are from the 60s and 70s. A few are items I made myself. If you were a kid in the 70s maybe you will recognize some of the stuff.


On the very top shelf is a small diorama built by my friend Mike Nash. He knew I liked Li'l Abner so he used his super-micro skills to make this masterpiece.


Here's a close-up of Mike's creation. I put a nickel beside it for a size comparison.



Old banks from the 70s.


When the crank is turned the Mr. Machine whistles "This Old Man." As near as I can figure, it has a single bellow which squeezes in and out at different speeds to create the different notes. The timing of the notes is all controlled by gearing. It's a fairly complicated feat of engineering for a kid's crank toy.


Big Daddy Roth


Nutty Mads, Big Daddy Roth


Old Micky Mouse gumball machine from the 70s, and a rare Munsters Koach model kit.





The top 2 shelves are Universal Monsters. My wife likes Dream Pets so I blew loads of moola collecting those on the bottom shelf from the claw game at Walmart. I like the designs. They look like they're straight out of the 60s.
Since I need room to live, all my old Disney stuff is packed away in boxes. Someday if I have a larger house...

13 comments:

  1. i remember the mr. machine. i never had one but i remember seeing it in the stores and thinking "what the hell is that?" - now i know. I am very curious about that Rube Goldberg Animated Hobby Kit. Is that like the pre-cursor to Mousetrap?

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  2. I guess it is like an early version of Mousetrap. If you google Rube Goldberg model kits you could probably see a few different kinds. Maybe on Ebay too.

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  3. mimi and moe would love that room....hehehe..they could tear it up in a second!

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  4. Hmm. I guess I haven't been in that part of your house for a while. I've never seen half of that stuff.

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  5. What's that toy in the first picture. The bald guy with the red and white striped shirt and green feet.

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  6. Brent-
    That guy is a weird version of Frankenstein. The bottom says "1980 Poynter Products Cincinnati Ohio."
    It's battery-powered and when you push a little bone down by his foot, his arms and head and pants move. Why his pants move I don't know. Also he has a red light in his head.

    Thanks for the visit and the comment!
    KW

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  7. Thanks. That Hugo toy box back there is pretty neat. I had never seen that toy either. It's pretty scary.

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  8. I used to play with Hugo for hours, never realizing the general creepiness of it. I loved it

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  9. Were/are you into the old monster mags ie: Famous Monsters etc? I'm trying to find one that I had as a kid as well as FM that had monster movie pix with funny jokes in cartoon balloons on them can't remember the name of the mag...ring a bell?

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  10. Thanks for the message. I've seen a bunch of those funny joke balloon photos, but I didn't pay attention to which magazine I was reading. I see them on the internet every once in a while in scanned form.

    I have a handful of FM magazines but not too much. I loved them, but never had many opportunities to get them.

    KW

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  11. I love your collection. Check out this bunch of Nutty Mads : http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuttymads/sets/72157629455764339/

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  12. Thanks sir! I love that link and made myself a contact.

    Have a happy day
    KW

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