Sunday, July 22, 2012

Boy Carving



Today's picture shows a boy making his own toys. He has a knife, and is carving a canoe. It also looks like he carved a little log cabin as well. I can remember that most toys when I was a child involved building or making something. Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Models,  Wood Burning Sets, and Leather Craft Sets all  involved creativity. Every child liked to build models. Now, that is pretty much a thing of the past.

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  1. We were always making pop guns out of elder berry stalks to shoot china berrys, rubber band powered paddle boats, small sailing boats for the pond, scooters and go carts with skate wheels. We were only limited by our imagination and the availability of apple boxes.

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    1. those are the things my dad told us about. He also used a notched wooden spool and a rubber band to make a mechanical toy. Sling shots. wooden tops spun with a string. Rubberband guns. and once tried to make an airplane from an orange crate and some metal parts. It didn't fly . . . go figure ----

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  2. We made Rag Dolls, Paper Dolls and their clothes. My brothers made sling shots, tractors from a spool,rubber band and stick. We blew soap bubbles with a spool & a bar of soap. We were very inventive. The only time we got real toys was at Christmas.

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    1. I had forgotten blowing bubbles with a wooden spool! And I drew thousands of paper doll dresses, colored and cut them out. Sewed dresses for my dolls. Truly, those were the good ol' days.

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  3. My favorite toy was an Erector set. In fact, I had two of them. I think that was set me on the path to becoming the engineer I am today.

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  4. The boy looks like his is full or part Native, wearing sheep skin chaps.

    As a kid we had little money and if anyone remembers the old clothes pins, if you slid two of them together and put them at a 45 degree angle, it was an instant gun and never seemed to run out of ammo.
    My father came home one day with a big wooden box about 5ft long and 3ft wide and 4ft tall. It had held machinery parts. That box became a western fort one day and a pirate ship the next. We used our....immagination.

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  5. My brother made guns with toilette paper cardboard rolls and wear my mother's apron on his back so he could fly.(my mother made him a real cape after a while), I loved my mini bricks.

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  6. Looks like he made his own chaps too. Those are not sheepskin; they are angora goat chaps.

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  7. Is there a date or location on this photo?

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    1. BS, unfortunately no other info is available.
      PJM

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  8. Now, that is pretty much a thing of the past.

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    The only current thing much like that is Legos

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