Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pleasure From The Past

The Joys of Blogging are found in many ways...
Recently I was honored with two Awards...

Robin, at Robin's Blue Nest, shared
the One Lovely Blog Award with me...
This pretty award is given to newly
discovered blogs 'n blogging friends...
I met Robin through PFF,
Postcard Friendship Friday...
and I'd like to thank her for thinking of
me in this way... so, Thank you, Robin!

Tiffany, at Southern Sass, passed
the Lovely Friendship Award to me...
The Lovely Friendship Award means
the following:
"These blogs are exceedingly
charming. These kind bloggers aim to find
and be friends. They are not interested in
self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when
the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even
more friendships are propagated. Please
give more attention to these writers."
Thank you, Tiffany, for sharing
this sweet Award with me!

For those of y'all that haven't already
visited these two Lovely Ladies, do
yourselves a favor and add them to
your list of blogs to "check out"...
you won't regret it! I'm simply terrible
at attempting to pick out folks to pass
Awards on to... I believe there're so
many Wonderful blogs and friends out
that my head just spins trying to
decide who to share with... If you're
on my side-bar or are visiting, please
consider yourself "Awarded" and
very much appreciated by me

I have lots of Tid-Bits to share today...
Vintage Crate Labels...
Something that's been on my mind lately...
Classic and Retro Toys and Games...

The more I've thought about them,
the longer my list grew of toys 'n
games recalled from my childhood...
So I decided that each Tuesday I'll
share a few of my favorites and try to
dig up some history to go along with them...

I hope you'll find it as fascinating as I do...

Pick-Up Sticks...

Hold these richly colored, classic sticks
in your hand. Drop them on the floor.
The game commences. Your object,
pick up the sticks one at a time without
disturbing others.
If another stick moves,
another player takes a turn. Successfully
recover the colored sticks having the
highest point value and the crown goes to you!

Pick-Up Sticks are believed to have
originated in ancient China in the form
of finely carved ivory.
Transferred to
wood and carved bone. Discovered
and used by British traders. Native
Americans adapted the game to a
version using painted reeds. Early
North Americans used colored straw.

Ahhhhh... the beloved Slinky...

This is way up on my list of favorites...
In addition to the "original" metal slinky,
we have a few plastic ones too,
scattered throughout the house...
There's an unexplained "calmness" that
seems to come over me while shifting
this toy from one hand to the other...

The history behind the Slinky is amazing...

The year 1943, smack dab in the middle
of World War II, Richard James was
developing a spring system to keep
fluctuating shipboard instruments sturdy
while at sea. Amused when dropping a
spring to the ground that it began to walk...

Richard brought the spring home to his
wife, Betty. Betty had a vision for the toy,
found a name in the dictionary, "slinky"
meaning stealthy, sleek, and sinuous.
History was made as Slinky debuted at
Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia
in 1945. Initially, there was skepticism
about whether Slinky would sell, but all
400 Slinkys for sale were purchased in
90 minutes. Since then, over three hundred
million Slinkys have been sold worldwide.

Remarkably, the Slinky is still made in
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania with the
original equipment Richard James created.

Though it was developed to be a toy,
other applications for the Slinky have
been discovered.
The Slinky has been
used as an antenna by soldiers in
Vietnam, and worldwide as a therapy
tool and for coordination development.
The Slinky has appeared on the Silver
Screen many times. In Disney's
Toy Story, the Slinky Dog
played an important role.

In 1999, Slinky became one of the
very first toys to be officially honored
with a picture on an official United
States Postage Stamp.
The Slinky
was named the Official State Toy of
Pennsylvania on November 4, 2001.

~ Slinky Song ~
What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs
and makes a slinkity sound?
A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing!
Everyone knows it's Slinky.

It's Slinky, it's Slinky,
It's fun, it's a wonderful toy.
It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun,
It's a wonderful toy.
It's fun for a girl or a boy.

~ Original Lyrics ~
Who walks the stairs without a care
It shoots so high in the sky.
Bounce up and down just like a clown
Everyone knows its Slinky.

The best present yet to give or get
The kids will all want to try.
The hit of the day when you are ready to play
Everyone knows it's Slinky.

It's Slinky, It's Slinky
for fun the best of the toys.
It's Slinky, It's Slinky
the favorite of girls and boys.

~ ♦ ~ ♦ ~ ♦ ~ ♦ ~ ♦ ~ ♦ ~

Below you will find this
weeks Embroidery Pattern...
Not in the mood for needlework?
Why don't you go find your
Slinky 'n Pick-Up Sticks and
get lost in a "Tid-Bit" of
pleasure from the past...

God bless...

Until another time... Pearl


Faye said...

Pearl,What a beautiful post.I always enjoy it!I am hanging in there and trying to keep my faith in God!Please keep me in your prayers.Blessings, Faye

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Happy Tuesday! What a fun post! You sure make me wish I had my old slinky. That was a very interesting story about it. I still remember that theme song. I always watched the commercials. The embroidery pattern is adorable. I am itching to get started embroidering. Congratulations on the awards! I think you are so very deserving of them both! You are such a sweet friend and your blog is a precious and serene place to visit. I hope your day is bright and happy! Twyla

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Aww, what a fun post!! I love those old toys :) My favorite is the old carnival toys like the straw filled bunnies and penny dolls :):) So fun!!
Wonderful post as always sweetie pie!
Love ya,

Patty said...

Hi -- I just found your blog through some comments you left on Twyla's blog. Thanks so much for sharing your embroidery patterns!

KatCollects said...

Hi Pearl, Happy Tuesday. What a fun post about the games. My favorite as a chld was kerplunk. I am not even sure if that is how it is spelled. Congratulations on your well deserved awards. I hope you are having a good week.

rosechicfriends said...

I just LOVE coming in here and seeing the gorgeous cards you share! And...then I see your reminiscing and I so remebmer PICK Up Stix and my fav..Slinky! That commercial song rings in my head now! thanks! lol

What sweet awards to a very deserving person!

Have a blessed day!


Hi Pearl,

How fun to remember those fun toys of my YOUTH!!!
I have a crate lable that I should show you..it say's DEB and it's for veggies. I have it framed and in the kitchen.
Congrat's on your awards:) You are a great gal :) and my friend.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

I love that Slinky song, dear Pearl and you know what those dear memories mean to me - thank you! Congrats on your awards too.
Kisses and hugs to Cocoa from Zeke.