I like doin' sci-fi stuff on Saturday's but today's offering is kind of a quickie This is a little souvenir of our recent trip to Sparks, Nevada. On the way back we stopped at the 'Area 51 Alien Center' along I-95 and picked up a few trinkets. One of them was this fun little toy, a slingshot made such that the 'sling' is either of the two aliens which are made of a very elastic, sticky plastic. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
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It continuously amazes me at the variety of birds Bettina has been able to photograph right from our backyard in an urban environment. Just yesterday she captured this adult Sharp Shinned Hawk in our tree! She's been soooo busy with the grand-baby and chores I said I would post these for her. Hope you Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
Although we've covered some nice vintage toy cars here at Toys and Stuff, Tootsietoy's have been largely overlooked. I guess it's because most of our collection is plastic but I sure do remember Tootsietoys quite fondly as a kid having had a few cars, trucks, and planes back in the day. The company making them was known as the Dowst Manufacturing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. The company was actually owned by the Shure Bros. but after they acquired Dowst in 1926 the name 'Dowst' remained. They remained a popular manufacturer of die cast toys since the '20s and are now owned by J. Lloyd International, Inc, and now, as in 1926, are still based out of Chicago although much of the manufacturing is done in Asia.
Today's offering was apparently from a series that Tootsietoy did in the 1960s and I've been wanting to gather a few 1920's & '30s styled vehicles to go along with some of the vintage paper buildings we've been posting here and this Ford Model T fits the bill nicely. I've got some ideas bouncing around in my noggin for future display projects and want to be prepared. The car measures 3" (7.6cm) L x 1 3/8" (3.5cm) W x 1 1/4" 3.2cm) H and is approx 1/43 scale. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina