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...

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...

Chuckles

Chuckles

You are just about ready to head in the darkened theater; there's just one stop to make at the snack counter. Among the Jujyfruits and M&Ms, there beckons a cellophane package containing five wedges of colorful candy, each coated in sugar for extra sweetness. You've just stumbled upon Chuckles, a candy almost as old as movie theaters themselves. 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...

Cinnamon Toothpicks

Cinnamon Toothpicks

It is the rare product that can both look stylish and promote good dental hygiene. Such is the case with cinnamon toothpicks. For over sixty years, these flavorful little sticks not only helped you rid those pesky scraps of food from your teeth, they also made you look pretty cool. 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 enjoy our Coca-Cola. It is a product as American as a warm slice of apple pie. Few products boast a level of universal recognition comparable to this sweetened cola-flavored soft drink 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...