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Remember this commercial? I remember it well.
I was the proud owner of a first generation version of both the Creepy Crawler (Thingmaker) and Incredible Edible toys back in the ’60s. The Thingmaker was a very entertaining toy back in those days. It allowed me to make all kinds of different types of bugs and a multitude of other shapes, in an unlimited number of colors based on what color Plastigoop I used and/or mixed together.
I especially remember the strong smell of Plastigoop as it heated up and started to bubble in the metal molds. The fumes were probably toxic, but who cared about safety back then. I probably lost a mass of brain cells making Creepy Crawlers all day long. I’m sure my friends and family are saying to themselves–now that explains a lot.
Us kids were given all kinds of potentially dangerous toys back then, remember the chemistry set? Can you say chemical burn or BOOOM!!!
The Incredible Edible set was similar to the Creepy Crawler toy, in that it used molds to form different shapes and a heating element to cook it, but it used an edible liquid called Gobble De-Goop, that when heated, turned into what I can best describe as the consistency of a Gummy Bear. The taste was indescribable, not too bad, but not great either. If they had sold these at the candy store, they would definitely not have been my first choice.
I was amazed to see that they still make the Creepy Crawler toy. The toy has changed hands a few times since Mattel manufactured it in 1964, and it has become safer to use (that’s no fun). I also found out that they created a Saturday morning cartoon called, what else, Creepy Crawlers, that lasted two seasons.
To read more about Creepy Crawlers, visit wikipedia.com
You Asked For It was an American television show that aired from 1950-1959. Viewers were asked to mail in requests for things they wanted to see on the show. The program showed how things worked, a behind the scenes look at movie effects, curiosities, etc.
The one episode that I remember seeing, was how they made it look like an actor was riding on a moving horse (close-up shot). The horse or fake horse was actually stationary (but would rock back and forth) and the background scenery would move behind the horse creating the illusion that the horse was moving forward. I believe it was in this same episode that they show how they used red colored wax bullets, so when they shot someone in say, a western movie, it would appear as though the person was shot and bleeding.
You know how they say that “Everything old, is new again”. Well, there are a number of current day television shows that take you behind the scenes of how things are done, such as “How It’s Made”. This is a show on the Science Channel and they have a series of episodes that show how just about anything is made. This is somewhat similar, but not quite, because they only show how things are made (hence the title How It’s Made) and they don’t show how special effects are done or any of the other curiosities someone might request. Even good ol’ Mister Rogers on “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” took you on field trips to show how things were made.
But the one show that comes the closest to the “You Asked For It” show, is a kids show called “Curiosity Quest”. Just like “You Asked For It”, they ask for viewers to send in requests for what they wanted to see. They’ve been to places like, the Vermont Teddy Bear factor showing how the bears are made, how bread, bikes, snowboards are made, to how they train fire fighters. A great show, even for adults that are curious about these things.
A few youTube videos of different You Asked For It episodes:
Wikipedia.com–You Asked For It
The years when I was growing up at my parents house, I remember always having milk in the fridge. We rarely had to go to the market to get milk, because it magically appeared on our front porch when we woke from our sleep.
The Adohr Farms truck would cruise the neighborhoods during the wee hours of the morning, delivering milk to their customers. They would drive up to our house, open the wooden gate to our front porch and leave a wire basket that contained glass bottles filled with milk.
One thing that sticks in my mind after all these years, is that the milk that was delivered, would on occasion, be sour. There’s nothing like pouring yourself a tall cold glass of milk after walking home from school, putting it to your mouth, and taking a nice big gulp–YUCK! I ran for the kitchen sink and spit out the spoiled milk! EGADS!
Here’s an interesting tidbit of information. Do you know where the name Adohr, in Adohr Farms came from? Just so I get the story right, I’m going to quote from a May 29, 1997 article in the Los Angeles Times:
“The corner of Ventura Boulevard and Lindley Avenue in Tarzana was once the Adohr Milk Farm. However, the land was part of a cattle ranch empire owned by a Southern California family who later established the city of Malibu.
In 1892, Frederick Hastings Rindge bought the original Spanish land grants that made up Rancho Malibu Topanga Sequit. Rindge’s land purchases spanned more than 17,000 acres along the coast toward Ventura County and several miles inland over the Santa Monica Mountains into the San Fernando Valley.
At the time of Rindge’s death in 1905, the ranch lands were divided between his three children. In 1915, Rindge’s only daughter, Rhoda, married Merritt H. Adamson Sr., who was originally the ranch’s foreman.
A year later, the Adamsons established a dairy farm on the north slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains. To honor Rhoda, Adamson named the farm “Adohr”–his wife’s name spelled backward. Adohr Farms became famous for having one of the largest herds of Guernsey cattle in the world.
During the Depression, the Adamsons were forced to sell most of their land to pay creditors. However, the milk farm kept the family solvent.
The Adohr dairy moved to Camarillo in 1947. Adamson’s son, Merritt Jr., eventually sold the dairy operation to the Southland Corp. in 1966.”
A couple LA Times articles about Adohr Farms:
Due to comments I receive about bringing back Kellogg’s Concentrate cereal, I made an inquiry to Kellogg’s just to see if there was even a slight chance that they would reintroduce the product in the future. Here was their reply:
“Thank you for contacting us regarding Kellogg’s® Concentrate cereal.
Unfortunately, stores only want to stock the fastest moving products. If the stores start to discontinue an item, we find that we cannot produce the smaller volumes the business demands. It is always difficult for us to make the decision to discontinue a product, as we know it is always someone’s favorite. At this time, there are no plans to reintroduce it.
We know that it will be hard to find a replacement, but we are always developing new products so we are sure that you will soon find another favorite! You should try Kellogg’s® All Bran® Bran Buds cereal.
Please be assured that your wish to have this product back on store shelves has been shared with the appropriate department. We appreciate your interest and loyalty to our brands and trust that we will continue to meet your needs for many years to come.”
Here’s the original post about Kellogg’s Concentrate Cereal if you haven’t read it yet:
During my childhood, I learned two very important lessons. One was about rhymes and the other was about songs. Below are examples of both that I believe my mother, (of all people) taught me. I say, ‘of all people’ because…well, you’ll see what I mean after you read them.
My Lesson In Rhyming:
Bobby Bobby in the tub,
Mom forgot to place the plug,
Oh what sorrow,
Oh what pain,
There goes Bobby,
Down the drain.
My Lesson In Singing: (sung with an upbeat tempo)
I hate Bosco,
Bosco’s bad for me,
Momma put it in my milk,
to try to poison me,
I fooled momma,
I put it in her tea,
Now there’s no more momma,
to try to poison me!
These are just two of my many life lessons that I’ve never forgotten.
I’m just wondering, does anybody else remember either of these rhymes/songs, or was this something my mom made up?
While writing this post, I was amazed to find that the company that makes Bosco Chocolate Syrup is still around. I might have to buy a bottle to try it out.
A bit of movie trivia. The makeup artist used Bosco Chocolate Syrup as fake blood in the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s black and white film Psycho. Check out wikipedia.com for more details on Bosco Chocolate Syrup.
Mmmm, remember walking up to one of those vintage style Coke machines back in the ’60s? Let me rephrase that, because if you walked up to one back then, it wasn’t vintage, it was probably brand new, but do you remember?
I recollect putting my coin (singular for only one coin) in the machine. Back then it was around 10 cents for a bottle of pop, instead of todays $1.00 plus. You hear the coin dropping into the machine, which allows you to open the side hinged door and pull out your choice of bottled soda and if you’re going to drink it right away (and why wouldn’t you), you pop the top off with the built-in bottle opener, right on the machine. I also remember visiting my uncle’s place of business on occasion and he had a Coca Cola machine similar to the cooler style machine pictured below.
Maybe some of you are too young to remember either of these Coca Cola machines, but you’ve probably seen reconditioned old style Coke vending machine in places like a ’50s style diners in museums or vintage shops.
The spark that ignited me to write this particular post came from a friend. I was visiting with him and his wife and he said he went to the Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, in Los Angeles, California. He bought me a bottle of Bubble Up, Vernor’s Ginger soda and Nesbitt’s Orange soda (see photo below). These were all classics from my growing up years. If you’ve never been to Galco’s before, they have just about every soda imaginable and many you’ve probably never imagined.
There is just something about drinking a soda from a glass bottle, I think it tastes cleaner (for lack of a better term) and it just feels good in your hand compared to a flimsy old aluminum can. Just picture a hot summer day, with bottles of your favorite sodas on ice, making the exterior of the bottles all frosty and cold. You pick one up and put it to your forehead and ice cold water droplets cascade down your skin. You open the bottle and hear that oh so familiar ‘POP’. You put the bottle to your lips and take a sip…AHHH!
I bet you’re craving a soda right now, AREN’T YOU!?
What soda was your favorite?
The debate about Coca Cola tasting different depending on the container it comes in:
The history of the beverage can:
Do you know why people tap on soda cans before opening them? Here’s why:
Woman’s skirt turns into Coca Cola machine to ward off attackers:
Have you ever been to a carnival or fair where they had cotton candy in a variety of different colors. I specifically remember pink (the most commom), light blue and yellow.
I was fascinated watching the cotton candy machine operator circulating a white paper cone inside a large drum like contraption and this web-like mass started to get larger and larger on the end of the cone. What was this stuff, I thought.
Well, I eventually found out, when we (me and my sisters) got our very own cotton candy machine. I don’t know how we happened to get this. It must have been a Christmas or birthday present, I say that because it just doesn’t seem like one of those, ‘Just because you’re good kids’ type gifts.
I remember it was my dad who helped us operate this thing. There was a metal dish-like thing with a bunch of holes around the perimeter and you put granulated sugar in this dish and heat it up on the stove until the sugar melted. Then you quickly place this metal dish on the center spindle of the cotton candy machine, grab a white paper cone, turn on the machine and start circulating the cone inside the large drum to gather up the webs of sugar fibers.
Here’s how it works: The center spindle is attached to a motor and it spins the metal dish (I’m making up all these different part names, but hopefully you get the idea). The centrifugal force causes the molten sugar to be thrown out of the dish through the small holes and then the molten sugar quickly cools and creates strings of sugar. All you have to do then, is move the paper cone around the inside of the drum and pickup the mass of sugar strings and voila! Cotton candy!
I remember the cotton candy that we made was sometimes a yellowish-brown color because the sugar was overheated and started to caramelize (I know that’s the reason now, I didn’t know this back then). We didn’t use food coloring, so the cotton candy we made was white and not pink.
Cotton candy was not always called cotton candy. Back in 1904, it was introduced at the World’s Fair as Fairy Floss. Fairy Floss was renamed to Cotton Candy in the 1920′s.
Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by of all people, a dentist by the name of William Morrison. Wouldn’t you know it, that a dentist would be behind peddling an all sugar treat to future patients.
For more information on the Cotton Candy machine, visit wikipedia.com: