Chuck Taylor All Stars

Chuck Taylor All Stars

Before there was the Pump or the Air, there was Converse. Before Michael Jordan put his name on Nike's Air Jordans, there was Chuck Taylor's name scrawled across a circular ankle patch on Converse's All-Star high-top. Before high-tech performance wizardry, there was the no-bells-or-whistles canvas topper that guaranteed comfort, the Converse All-Star. Continue reading...

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

Parents tend to spend countless hours striving to impart ethics and morality upon their children. But lecturing isn't always effective and, hey, you can only make them watch so much Davey and Goliath. Thankfully, Milton Bradley introduced a board game that offered a little assistance in this department, yet was still fun for kids to play. They took an ancient Indian board game, made it a little less scary sounding, and the result was Chutes and Ladders, one of the most popular board games ever devised for the younger set. Continue reading...

Circus Peanuts

Circus Peanuts

If there is one candy that people aren’t afraid to voice an opinion on, it is those orange, oddly shaped marshmallow confections known as Circus Peanuts. To some, they are God’s greatest gift to the candy world, worthy of undying devotion. To others, they are more akin to packaging material than a yummy snack. One thing is for certain though - there are very few people that fall into the “undecided” column. Continue reading...

Clarabell

Clarabell

What a travesty it would be to have a circus without a clown. It seems no less odd than having a western without a cowboy. Such was the dilemma on the popular children’s show, Puppet Playhouse, featuring host Buffalo Bob Smith and a loveable puppet named Howdy Doody. Taking place in a circus setting, the show had everything a kid could want – except for a clown. Thankfully, along came Clarabell, a sidekick so loveable he became an icon. Continue reading...

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

We, the people, sure seem to enjoy our Coca-Cola. It is a product as decidedly American as a warm slice of apple pie. Few products can boast a level of universal recognition comparable to this heavily sweetened cola-flavored soft drink that has been enjoyed by literally billions of people over the past century. Through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and every decade in between and beyond, Coca-Cola has held a special place in our hearts. Continue reading...

Colorforms

Colorforms

"They stick like magic!"Actually, magic had very little to do with what made a Colorform stick, rather it was just the adhesive quality of the thinly-cut plastic. The real magic lay in their ability to encourage the imagination. Colorforms were mere props, whether they resembled geometric shapes or a sitcom star. The box provided the stage; it was up to you to choose and arrange the props and, most importantly, concoct the story. Perfect for rainy days and long car trips, generations of kids have created millions of Colorform settings over the years. Continue reading...

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

To survive in the ice cream business for over 70 years with only one flavor is a pretty monumental feat. But from 1940 to the present, Dairy Queen has been milking their vanilla soft-serve delicacy for all its worth, creating a variety of frozen treats sure to sooth on a hot summer day. And perhaps their most successful concoction is the Blizzard, a sublime blend of soft-serve and candy/cookie chunks that is sure to satiate any sweet tooth. Let's take a look back. 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...