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Pedal Car Replicas: Popular, Kid-Powered Collectibles

Jun 02, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Pedal cars have been around pretty much since the first real car rolled off the assembly line.  And it’s no wonder – driving, or the idea of it, is the ultimate thrill for a lot of kids. I remember watching with envy while adults got into what amounted to their very own amusement park ride. 

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Caine’s Arcade Reminds Us of Past Childhoods

Apr 11, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

Remember when our imaginations were the driving force behind our fun days? Having to hop across living room furniture to avoid the lava… Operating imaginary cash registers to run a store… Couple the “see the bigger picture” with the traditional lemonade stand and you get Caine’s Arcade, a 9-year-old Los Angeles boy’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) business. The

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Classic Toys: Tiddledy Winks

Aug 25, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Tiddlywinks is a classic game from England. Joseph Assheton Fincher, of London, invented and patented the pasttime in 1888, and trademarked it under the name “Tiddledy Winks” in 1889. A popular parlor game in Victorian England, tiddlywinks was played by both adults and children. The game consists of counters, made of wood, bone or ivory,

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1957 Back-to-School Fashions

Aug 17, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  3 Comments

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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The History of Silly Putty

Apr 02, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

One of the most enduring toys of our times – Silly Putty – wasn’t designed to be in the hands of kids. Its inventor was attempting to respond to a challenge made by the US government. During World War II, raw materials like rubber became harder to obtain. The Japanese had invaded Asian countries were

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Bugs Bunny

Dec 24, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

“What’s up, Doc?” It’s one of the most recognizable phrases in the world, and it belongs to a cartoon legend named Bugs Bunny. Bugs Bunny was first seen in 1938 in a cartoon short film called Porky’s Hare Hunt.  The character drawn was the prototype for Bugs Bunny, and he looked a little different than

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