Captain Kangaroo

Captain Kangaroo

Every morning, he opened the door to his Treasure House and invited millions of kids to share an easygoing hour of laughter and learning. He wore a jacket with giant pockets, and thus came his name. And, thanks to his efforts, Captain Kangaroo became one of the longest running children’s programs in network television history (only Sesame Street bested the Captain). Continue reading...

Carvel

Carvel

If you are one of those people that prefers your ice cream on the softer side, you can give a tip of the hat to a man named Tom Carvel. He began selling his soft-serve concoction to New Yorkers in the 1930s and today, there are over 500 Carvel Ice Cream stores across the country, each a welcome sight on a sweltering summer day - which is where the whole story begins. Continue reading...

Casper

Casper, The Friendly Ghost

Sinister spirits always seem to be the ones who get all the press? Meanwhile, for over 65 years, one benevolent soul, Casper, has lived a virtuous (after)life - the Gandhi of the ghost world, as it were. Possessing not a single sadistic bone in his body (nor any other bones for that matter), Casper’s intentions were purely peaceful - he just wanted some friends. And there just happened to be a few (million) kids out there who could relate to his troubles. Continue reading...

Charles Atlas

Charles Atlas

Anyone with a penchant for comic books from yesteryear has encountered the story of the 97-pound weakling. Losing his girl after having sand kicked in his face by a bully, he discovers the miracle of “dynamic tension” and comes back a mountain of muscle, exacting revenge upon his former tormentor. This comic strip advertisement would be enough of an enticement to get millions of males between the ages of 15-25 to send Charles Atlas their money and make him a household name the world over. Continue reading...

Charleston Chew

Charleston Chew

If they could name a candy bar after a baseball legend, why not a dance craze? That's precisely what happened in the early 20s, when The Charleston began sweeping the country. Today, few still perform these historic dance moves, but many still delight in taking a bite out of a Charleston Chew. Continue reading...

Chatty Cathy

Chatty Cathy

Dolls have always happily provided companionship to little girls, acting as security blanket and trusted companion. But Chatty Cathy offered something more, something special. Not only could you talk to Chatty Cathy and share your woes but, thanks to the tug of a ring on a string, Cathy could talk back. And talk she did. Continue reading...

Chick-O-Stick

Chick-O-Stick

When it comes to the confection called a Chick-O-Stick, people fall into one of two camps. The first has eyed them in the candy aisle, an odd tube of something wrapped in plastic and devoid of chocolate. These folks usually keep their distance. The other group understands that this is one unique and tasty treat, worthy of every penny. Thankfully, the latter buys enough Chick-O-Sticks to ensure that they stick around, as they have for over six decades. Continue reading...

Chiclets

Chiclets

Some people prefer their gum in stick form. Others have grown accustomed to the slight crunch that a candy coating offers, as is commonly found in the typical gumball. Problem is, gumballs aren’t exactly the sort of thing that is easily carried in one’s pocket, unless you have an affinity for chewing lint. Continue reading...