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Wall Decals, Transfers and Murals: Damage-Free Retro Decor

Oct 13, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Decorating the walls of the home or office doesn’t have to require a hammer, or hard labor. While tin signs and posters are great for decorating, they limit your options if you don’t want to pound holes in the walls—something renters and dorm dwellers may not be able to do.  I certainly wouldn’t want you

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Slip ‘N Slidin’ Away

Jun 15, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Back in 1984 I traded in my paper route (remember those?) for my first real job, as a day camp counselor at Camp Barrett Park in Valley Stream, NY. I ended up working the summer program for 11 years, and stayed with the parks department year-round doing one job or another. Hockey referee, haunted house builder, running special events

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Filed under: Classic Toys, Toys of the '60s Tagged with: retro kids, summer fun

Glo Worm – Part Plush, Part Nightlight

Sep 23, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  7 Comments

The Glo Worm was introduced  by Hasbro (under Playskool) in 1982 with great success. Part plush and part flashlight, the original Glo Worm was geared toward young children who needed “safety” while they slept. Glo Worm’s green-pajamaed worm body had a zippered back. Inside was a plastic battery-powered tube with a bulb at the top

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Filed under: Toys of the '80s Tagged with: 1980s toys, retro kids

Make Your Office or Home an Atomic Playroom

Sep 12, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Generations of children have looked up at the sky and imagined flying through space and having fantastic adventures on board their very own spaceships.  Whether it’s undertaking missions in command of the USS Enterprise, the Millennium Falcon, the Jupiter 2, or even exploring distant and dangerous planets with a robot companion like Robby or B-9,

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Seeking the History of Googly Eyes

Aug 29, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

There are some things we’re itching to know… and yet, the Internet has finally failed us on several fronts. So now we’re reaching out to our dear readers to tell us: Who invented Googly eyes? Googly eyes (aka jiggly eyes) are most commonly known as small plastic craft supplies used for eyeballs. They have an

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Filed under: Retro Memories Tagged with: humor, retro kids

Silly TV: Classic Silly Putty Commercials

Jul 31, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

When marketing consultant Peter Hodgson risked $147 of borrowed money to introduce a bouncing putty to the world, his target audience was adults. As that market dwindled, it was kids lifting newsprint that made him shift gears. The once-failed product that was created in hopes to help the war effort turned into a multi-million dollar

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Retro Playroom Design & Organization

Jul 03, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If your kids (or your friends’ or family members’ kids) are like most, the playroom is where they spend a great deal of time. Most moms agree that it’s important to create a fun environment that’s also organized and conducive to creativity. That can be a tall order, especially if money and space are issues,

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Filed under: Retro Design, Retro Furniture Tagged with: retro design, retro kids

Pedal Car Collecting

Jun 26, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

In honor of an ever-expanding line of foot-powered vehicles, let’s talk about collecting! Pedal cars are hot collectibles that come in countless styles, and they’ve been coveted by both kids and adults since the very beginning. Say you’ve scored a cool vintage pedal car at a yard sale, flea market, or online auction. Your first

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Filed under: Retro Memories Tagged with: collecting, pedal cars, retro kids