Its funny how it was then. we couldnt wait to grow up and get a car and our own place,and not have all our parents rules and school would be gone. I’ve dreamed of those wonderful days in Queens 1950’s and 1960’s. We tend to remember all good times when thinking of those days. I did some deep thinking about it,and remember alot of boring days too. I think the lack of responsibilities of childhood is the key to it all. I dont think the 1960’s way is gone,the inner city and poor sections still have that look and feel of outdoor streetplay. Im sure someone is still playing ace,king queen or Skullie somewhere. Saloogie!
Seems like most city games where passed down from 1930/40’s. Until some areas got to dangerous to leave kids outside,watching tv,and then computer and video games really slowed playing outdoors.A major factor in the 1950/60’s was,everyone’s mom was home all day.Now its daycare,i guess somewhere in the future there will be a nostalgia site for daycare memories. SALOOGIE!
woops.got a few more, Airplanes with gas motors,you held with stings,they flew in a cirle around you,there were cars like that too! That was for all the big kids.Lawn darts,Moms pots on your head for a helmet. Garbage can lids for shields. Made in Japan toys,tin cars and tanks,some had friction power,some had the wire on them with batteries,early remote controll.Tons of army,cowboys and indian sets with horses wagons and forts.Colorforms was big then.Paint by number sets ,i still see these at flea markets from time to time.RatFink stuff,TROLLS,rabbitsfoot, real ones for good luck,i still have one.Monster and car,plane ,boat models,with the glue we all inhaled while spending hours glueing models,Testors model paint. Toys and sports and fads all had a season,i dont know who controlled it,or said ,ok its yoyo season,it just happened.Getting tropical fish back then was the new thing,i remember ED’S AQUARIUM. Green turtles,and baby alligators,parakettes too. Well……….SALOOGEEE!
Big cardboard boxes,from stoves or the best a refrigerator box! Rare items back then,the best for rolling down hills. Or cut windows out for a secret hideout. For boys it was,ball game stuff,guns,tops yoyos.Girls it was dolls and doll stuff,.thats about as simple as i remember it back then.We all had board games,and things like Fascination,REMCO Fascination,the game you love to play! I found one at a yard sale,box is dated 1961,and it still works! Original price;$4.12.Have a great day and…..SALOOGEEE!!
Played it in Glen oaks/Bellerose,Queens 50’60;s.It just started all by itself,no reason,someone wanted something back. And that was the start of it,often leading into another game,MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE! In those years seems like we had extended childhoods,playing into our teens.Probably the only years of bieng kids to the extreme,and we did it all,all day long.No children these days can ever come close to the days we had,and thats a shame.