Saturday, April 30, 2011


Put the pieces together and see what you get.
The finished puzzle is this BEAUTIFUL car.  All original. Even the original paint job. Not a spot of rust. Never winter driven. I don't even drive it on rainy days. Only 48,000 miles on the odometer. Neat eh ?

Trivia: Pigs and humans are the only animals that get sun burned.

Did You Know? A flea can pull up to 160,000 times its own weight. That's the same as a human pulling 2,679 double-decker buses.

Friday, April 29, 2011


You wonder how these two 50 year old toy cars could survive this long. They are made of plastic and are very fragile. They must have sat on a shelf and then boxed up and put aside. Now they sit on my shelf. I like them and remember seeing these toys when I was a little kid. Enjoy.
Trivia: The colour red is very rarely used on ice cream packages because it reminds people of heat.

Did You Know? In 1965 Roy Rogers horse Trigger died. He had Trigger stuffed by a taxidermist because he loved this horse. In 2010 Trigger was auctioned off for $266,500.00. (Not bad for a horse that can't ever race or anything)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


WOW!!! For 13 cents each you could save up your allowance and start a cowboy and indian confrontation or you could be Wyatt Earp and clean up Tombstone. These figures are 6 inches tall and are very detailed as you'll see in the pics. Again it took some searching to gather these up over the years as the majority had been played with so much that ropes got broke , arms bent, legs twisted and some looked like they had been scalped.(they must have lost an indian war at some time I guess)

  Trivia: Read my lips. 13% of women reapply their lipstick more than eight times a day.

Did You Know?  A flea can jump 200 times its own length, that's the same as a human jumping to the top of the Empire State Building. (well superman can do it)

Monday, April 25, 2011


These Indian figures were used along with Cowboy replicas. That is why many of these toys were damaged over time. These are from 1964. I was fortunate, over time, to collect  these Indians with their bows and other weapons undamaged.

Phone Trivia: 1:The world's first female telephone operator was named Emma M. Nutt.
2: Sitcom characters on TV rarely say "goodbye" when they hang up the phone.

Did You Know?   Who was the first man in space? Believe it or not, it was not an astronaut. It was test pilot Joe Kittinger. In 1960, he was assigned to discover whether an astronaut could survive an aborted mission, even 20 miles (32km) above the Earth. Kittinger rose to 102,800 ft(31,330km) by balloon and then jumped out. He was so high that initially he felt no wind resistance. He fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988 km/h), before opening his parachute at 18,000 ft (5,500m). (A giant leap for mankind)

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Another old horror pic model from the 60's. These are fun to assemble and paint whatever colours your heart desires.
The coolest Frankenstein "move line" ever. "I know you have a civil tongue in your mouth. I sewed it there myself ".

Trivia: Immediately after the last episode of "M*A*S*H*",New York City's sewer flow increased by 302 million gallons-- the equivalent of 1 million toilets flushing simultaneously. HOLY CRAP!!!

Did You Know?  Dan Magness from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, used his feet, legs and head to keep a soccer ball in the air for 24 hours in may 2009.(Pretty ballsy)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Karen, my lovely wife, is terrific when it comes to doing crafts. She has done sewing ( she made Flower Girl dresses for two of our daughters when we got married ),needlrpoint, cross stitch, painting and quilts. She is very good at whatever she does. Well I opened my big mouth one day and said a man can do these things just as well. I had heard that footballer Rosie Greer did some sort of needlework to relax. So she dared me to try some craft and put my money where my mouth is. Foolish, stubborn me, I accepted and chose needlepoint. Not just a little one but two big ones. After all how much work could it be. I'd have them done in a week or so. NOT. I worked on them in my spare time and it still took me a few years to complete them. Now I don't open my big mouth when it comes down to what men can do as well as women. Sometimes us guys should just sit there and agree and nod our head before we bite of a bit more than we can chew..These are pics of my two ventures into womens crafts. They are nice but you have to have patience to get them done and a lot of us fellas don't have that. One picture is called " The Letter" (20 by 26 inches) and I named the other "After The Hunt" (21 by 17 inches).
Trivia: According to most pollsters, it's easier to get a person to disclose intimate details about their private life than it is to get them to tell you how much money they earn.

Did You Know?   More than 60 years after being wounded by a mortar shell in WWII John Ready of London, England, still had pieces of shrapnel working their way out of his skin.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Karen was introduced to quilting by our daughter Melanie 7 or 8 years ago. She loves it. So we decided to have one of our spare bedrooms converted to accomodate Karen's sewing needs. She is very, very good at what she creates. Quilts originally started as leftover rags being sewn together to make blankets. It evolved from that to what we see today. During the Civil War of 1860-1865 certain types of quilts were hung on wash lines to let the "Underground Railroad" aid the fleeing African-American slaves by allowing them to know if passage was safe or not. Different type of quilts have different names such as Star, Log Cabin, Flying Geese, etc, etc.
Question: Why did the Amish not use patterned fabrics in their quilts? Answer: Pattern fabrics were looked upon as being too worldly.                            
Trivia: Quilted material was used as protective armour during the Crusades. It was even used on their steeds in battle.

Monday, April 18, 2011


This vintage toy was a box top premium from Kellog's Cereal. There were three different divers. I have only two. I will get the third some day. We would fill the metal cap with baking powder, insert in bottom hole and put them in our bath. They would immediately sink to the bottom and then swim back up. They would dive and surface about 20 -30 times. They were very entertaining and still are. The yellow diver is Flame Cutting Torch Man. The green diver is the Obstacles Scout. I believe they are from the late 50's or early 60's. Hope I put a smile on your face.

Question: Who invented swim fins?
Answer:  Benjamin franklin.

Trivia: In general frogs hop faster than toads. Just in case you were wondering.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Another Marx Nutty Mad. A cute boxer from the 60's. Great imagination used for these toys. What can you purchase nowadays that will last 48 years?

Trivia: Humans and elephants are the only animals that can stand on their heads. But why do it?

Did You Know?  The Great Salt Lake in Utah is only 13 feet deep.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


These are "Kissing Kupple" bobbing heads. Sometimes they were glued to the dashboards of cars so that as the car bounced along the road  the heads would move around as if they were "necking". The heads have magnets so that the lips of each keep coming together. Reminds me of my wife and I.The girls we dated thought they were cute. Us guys needed all the points we could muster up.
The packaged set sold for 29 cents in 1965. The other couple are older but I do not know by how much. They are still fondly remembered.

Trivia:  First actor to refuse an Oscar award was Marlon Brando (for The Godfather in 1973)

Question: Why don't people eat turkey eggs?
Answer: They don't "eggs-actly" taste good. They do not have as much moisture in them so that when they are heated they turn rubbery. Just thought you might like to know since the photos above are about rubbernecking.

Friday, April 15, 2011


This toy car and the the box it originally came in are in fantastic condition for being over 50 tears old. A siren sounds when the car is rolling along. It reminded me of a car I had around 1975. It was a 1967 Buick Wildcat. They must have named it a Wildcat because when you stepped on the gas the car took off. Very powerful. They don't make them like that now. My son Rob is pictured with the Wildcat. He was 3 at the time.

Trivia: If you keep your goldfish in a dark room they will turn white. Who' da thunk.
Did You Know?  Gray whales make the longest annual migration of any mammal......12,000 miles round trip.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


This is an Aladdin Gunsmoke Lunch Box from 1972. This western series ran for about 20 years. It was very enjoyable to watch. When I was a kid I had the biggest crush for Miss Kitty. Who could blame me? Those dancehall saloon outfits were very enticing back then in the "fifties". Gimme a break.In my Blog I also have the "Bonanza" Lunch Box and the most saught after " Davy Crockett At The Alamo" Lunch Box. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

James Arness the actor that played the part of Matt Dillon died June 3rd ,2011. A great loss.

Did You Know?  The Milky Way galaxy is moving at 170 miles per second. (Hang on)

Trivia: 1950 nostalgia... What was Howdy Doody's sisters name?
Answer: Heidi Doody

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Who'd have thought the Weird-Ohs set of 12 model kits, each depicting an individual of incredible weirdness, sold by the bezillions to become a 1960's phenomenon? I did. This is one of mine. Enjoy.

Trivia: Who did Walt Disney's animators give Marilyn Monroe's measurements to ? ...Tinker Bell
Did You Know?   William Heckler started his own flea circus in New York in 1900 with his son Roy at the forefront by 1925.When World War II restricted his intake of fleas, Roy started breeding his own. As circus director, Roy would regularly feed his little performers with his own blood, allowing them to help themselves to his "quality human blood" and perform to their maximum potential. Choosing to breed females over males, as they are twice the size, Heckler would train them using a horizontal glass tube to walk or crawl instead of jump. Once they had hit their heads a few times, they knew to stay low. (People actually paid to see these circuses)


We were so happy to finally have found a HOME in this beautiful town. We still are. How was I so lucky to have such a terrific and pretty wife? REAL LUCKY !!!This pic was taken in the fall of the year 2006 when we moved here. The yard looks a lot different now since I did a lot of landscaping in 2009.Just wanted to share our smiles with you.

Trivia: A tuna can swim a hundred miles a day. Holy Mackerel!!!

Did You Know?   Birch sawfly larvae do a group dance routine to put off predators while they are munching through leaves. As many as six caterpillars will rear up with their back legs simultaneosly to make themselves more imposing. (I wonder if they know how to do the "Twist".)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I think these are so old that they are ancient. Credit should be given to the girls and women that used these in their hair to look pretty, for us guys. Us fellas would just comb the greasy Brylcream concoction through our locks and if you didn' like it, TOUGH! But you ladies always went the extra mile. Kudos to you.

Trivia: Elvis presley never once gave an encore. Thats because he really did leave the building.

Did You Know?   U.S. President Thomas Jefferson received a gift of two grizzly bears in October 1807. He was so delighted that he kept them on the White House lawn for months.(another president that bears it all)


Remember when the horse drawn milk wagon would come to your home. I do. It was fun to go out and look at the horse and lots of giggles when it crapped in front of the house. The milk was in an array of different sized glass bottles and these round cardboard caps were on the top. We've come a long way from that. I still miss the horse though.

Trivia: If you're average, your feet hit the floor 7,000 times a day.

Did You Know?  Computer nerds have been getting their bodies tattooed with images relating to their laptops. Among popular tattoo requests are a USB cable, the Apple logo and various items of software.( Whatever happened to "MOM"?)


Collecting these items over the years has been a chore. It is difficult to find them in pristine condition. That is why I was very pleased to find this under our Christmas tree several years back. Our daughter Maria had given it to me as a gift.
It is amazing to see the intricate detail on these toys.(veins popping out on the eyes, beard stubble)

Trivia: There isn't any sand in sandpaper.

Did You Know?   A three year old boy was rescued after riding his toy Jeep into the Peace River, British Columbia, Canada, and floating nearly 8mi (13km) downstream. He was found still sitting happily in his battery powered Jeep in water that was 15 ft (4.5m) deep.

Monday, April 11, 2011


This comes from a time when people were proud of the lighter they used to light their cigarettes , cigars and pipes. This is a complete set with the original box warranty and instructions. Inscribed on the side of the lighter are the words " DAD FROM DAISY, JOHN & ALAN." It must have been a gift at some point in time.

Did You Know?  At age 83, Sidney Williams of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, can lift up to 353 lb (160kg) even though he himself weighs only 220lb (100kg). That means he can lift 50 percent more than his body weight. (Try that on for size)

Trivia: An estimated 70% of the hats sold in the United States are baseball caps. Almost makes you want to pick a team.


Here's an oldie from the late 1940's to early 1950's. It is a clockwork wind up toy produced after the 2nd World War. It still works. The majority of toys made now don't even survive for a year . This tank is over 60 years old. WOW!

Trivia:When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

Did You Know?  A border collie puppy in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, is learning sign language after the owner discovered that she was totally deaf. Pixie is being taught to recognize hand commands by its owner.