M&Ms

M&Ms

It’s everyday knowledge that many of our modern comforts and accessories actually originated in military circles. Developed for troops and adapted for citizens, we have come to accept everything from dehydrated food products to Hummers as facts of civilian life. You can also add M&M’s to that list. Continue reading...

PAAS

PAAS

Decorating eggs for Easter is a practice that dates back centuries, but you needn't go through elaborate measures to join in the fun. For well over a hundred years, the folks at PAAS have offered a variety of inexpensive egg dyeing kits to help kids of all ages partake in this colorful tradition. Continue reading...

Marbles

Marbles

For most toys, pinning down the era in which they originated is an easy task. The longer a toy has been around, however, the more challenging the task becomes. In the case of marbles, it’s literally anyone’s guess. In a nutshell - they’ve likely been around for as long as man has been able to roll little balls into each other. Continue reading...

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Walt Disney long wanted to use Irish folklore in one of his films, visiting Ireland in 1947 to research ideas. He eventually decided upon the "Darby O'Gill" stories of Irish-American author H.T. Kavanagh and the result was an enchanting tale featuring leprechauns and OO7 himself, Sean Connery. Released in 1959, Darby O'Gill and the Little People remains an underrated and charming classic. Continue reading...

Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Let's start with what Chinese Checkers isn't - it neither came from China, nor is it a variation on the game of checkers. The game was originally called Halma and is of European descent. But Halma sounds more like a medical condition than a really fun game, so American game manufacturers gave it a more exotic moniker and the rest is history. Continue reading...

Buster Brown

Buster Brown

Charlie Brown and Snoopy may be the most iconic boy and dog ever paired together in a comic strip, but long before they ever appeared in the newspaper, children and their parents were all well aware of another cartoon duo, Buster Brown and Tige. Sure, they may not be quite as famous as their Peanuts cohorts, but they sure managed to sell a lot of shoes, ones worn by millions of children around the world. Continue reading...

Tupperware

Tupperware

Think back to the summers of your youth. You’re playing outside with your friends and you’ve worked up quite a thirst. Thankfully, there is a plastic pitcher in the fridge filled with Kool-Aid that you’ll proceed to pour into an equally indestructible plastic glass. Depending on the decade, both containers were probably made by Tupperware, perhaps the most popular plastic storage devices ever created. Continue reading...

Dick Clark

Dick Clark

If anyone discovered the location of the mythical fountain of youth, it was Dick Clark. Over many a decade, his seeming inability to age led to the nation affectionately dubbing him "America's teenager". Host of American Bandstand for three decades, and the man who collectively led us into every New Year's celebration for forty years, Dick Clark was nothing short of an icon, beloved by millions. Continue reading...