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memories of the ’80s – Popples

For kids of 1987, the most desired gift for under the tree was inspired by a television show: Popples. Those Characters From Cleveland (TCFC), a division of American Greetings, created the Popples, which are teddy bear/marsupials with a long tail … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Pizza Party board game

In this decade, an Italian staple became so integral to North American culture, that it even morphed into a board game: Pizza Party. Created by Parker Brothers, the game debuted in 1986 as a new interpretation of a memory game … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Silly String

For kids in the mid 1970s, they may have asked for this from Santa, but it depends if you were naughty or nice if you got it: Silly String. An accidental invention by Leonard A. Fish, an inventor and Robert … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Slime

Were you the kid of the 1970s that absolutely, positively, had to have SLIME? I was. Debuting on store shelves in 1976 from Mattel, Slime was a slightly sticky, green, goopy and viscous – found in its own matching green … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Koosh ball

For those kids expecting a gift from Santa in 1988, the toy that everyone wanted, whether they were a kid or a kid at heart was a Koosh ball. Developed by Scott Stillinger in 1986, the Koosh ball was named because … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Stretch Armstrong

For kids looking for ideas to put on their list for Santa Claus, in 1976 it was all about Stretch Armstrong. Created by toy manufacturer Kenner, Stretch Armstrong was a blonde muscle man doll, which originally is 15 inches, but … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Big Wheel

Cool kids didn’t want a tricycle, they wanted to rule their sidewalk domain with the Big Wheel. The motorcycle of the pre-school set, this oversized low-rider tricycle was a favourite of kids of the early 1970s. Launched in 1969 at … Continue reading

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