However, I started thinking back to some of the toys we had as kids growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, and I have to admit that I'd never buy these for my grandsons. What were our parents thinking?
I didn't have this exact Space Jet gun, but I had a similar one. They shot sparks that have been known to set many a pile of dead leaves on fire...and a few other things, I'm sure.
I did have one of these toy sewing machines, and, yes, they did really sew...with a real needle. Crazy, I know.
|Toy sewing machine|
I'm not sure when this particular brand of yard darts came out, but I remember that my brother had them or something very similar in the 1960s. These things were insanely dangerous, because the wind could catch them and take them far from where you had aimed. I remember my brother trying frantically to retrieve one that was sticking straight up in the neighbor's roof before they complained to our parents. I guess it was lucky it was just sticking in the roof and not in the neighbor's kid's head.
|Pointed metal yard darts|
The mania for western movies and television shows made BB guns and knives popular. I guess our parents thought that as long as they had pictures of heroes and heroines on them, we couldn't shoot or poke our eyes out.
|Knife sold as a "toy"|
I did have one of these toy irons, which used "real electricity" and really got hot. Maybe that's why I spend so much money today having my clothes dry cleaned.
The most disturbing "toy" of all is this Atomic Energy Lab that came with four types of real uranium ore. A Geiger counter could be purchased separately...I guess to see how much radiation had seeped into your skin while playing with your new lab set.
|Atomic Energy Lab|
If we survived playing with our toys, even a trip to the Dairy Queen could be dangerous. Check out these spoons we used to eat our ice cream while rattling around loose in the back seat with no seatbelts on. Talk about poking your eye out!!!