Saturday, October 27, 2012
For today's "Anything Goes" installment, we will be playing with the neighborhood kids.
This undated photo (certainly from the 1950's) shows three kids aboard a sturdy toy Pony Tractor. The tractor is almost looks home-made to me. That thing has more sheet metal than a modern car! The slide was labeled, "Cynthia, Jim, and Mike". Cynthia doesn't appear to be peddling, and I don't see anything like a bicycle chain, is it possible that this tractor has some sort of small motor inside it? Or was it strictly "push and go"?
From January 1964 we have this picture of a boy and girl (?) enjoying a few moments of rocking back and forth at the coin-operated horsey. Using my incredible powers of deduction, this might have been taken at a service station. Little horses are great and all, but I prefer the space rocket that was in front of the supermarket near my grandparent's house in Minnesota.
Now it's November 1960, and two little girls are enjoying giant wads of cotton candy. The hand-written label says that the picture was taken at Pacific Ocean Park, but unfortunately there is not much evidence to prove that fact. I've looked for other pictures with one of those distinctive tree planters, and so far have had no luck. You might remember the girl on the right from this picture at Jungleland USA!