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“SLINKY” Springs to Fame – Popular Science (1946)

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Here’s a 1946 page from Popular Science spotlighting the Slinky toy. It’s always interesting to read vintage copy: Given an initial shove, “Slinky” eerily and deliberately flip-flops end over end down a flight of steps. It is simply a spring, but it does stunts that made R. P. James, Philadelphia engineer, think of converting it

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1953 Formica Sunrise Collection Brochure

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From the Vintage Vending archives comes this 1953 brochure featuring Formica’s Sunrise Collection. The catalog features 14 new color blended patterns for the Sunrise line, including linens, skylarks, pearls, walnuts and milanos. The colors and patterns were used throughout the ’50s. From what we can tell the line wasn’t altered much again until 1960. >

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LOOK: Lucy & Desi 1954 Cover

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Take a look at this December 28, 1954 cover of LOOK, featuring Lucy and Desi and their children. Also included in the issue: 5th Annual TV Awards Lucy shopping for a dollhouse with her children. Miss America Lee Meriwether Guy Lombardo Rocky Graziano Fashion wear by the Christmas fire Men’s white winder jackets 20,000 Leagues

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1957 Sears Christmas Catalog

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A Nostalgic Look at the Sears Christmas Catalog I recall growing up in the 1960s when one of the most anticipated events in the Christmas season was the arrival of the Sears catalog at our home. My brothers and I would take turns (honestly!) going through the toy pages and making our lists for Santa

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1957 Back-to-School Fashions

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Whether the start of school fills you with great excitement and anticipation or with a profound sense of dread, each year we must start anew. With a new school year comes the inevitable shopping trips for new school clothing. Store circulars fill the mailbox and are stuffed into the daily newspapers – it would be

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1950s Chromcraft Dinette Furniture Color Chart

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  Shown here is a 1950s Chromcraft brochure with sample chips of plastic laminates for dinette tabletops and plastic upholstery for the coordinating chairs. Very modern-looking, durable dinette sets were all the rage from the mid-1940s through the early 1960s. I recognize both the table and chair coverings that we had on our set when

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