Johnson Smith

Johnson Smith

For juvenile pranksters, reading through a Johnson Smith Company catalog was like hearing a voice from heaven. Yes, children, there really is gum that tastes like garlic and candy that turns your mouth bloody (or, at least, fake bloody). And nobody made these tricks, gizmos, jokes and marvels look more appealing that the people at Johnson Smith. Continue reading...

SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp

There are plenty of movies that revisit the childhood experience of attending summer camp. But, while most take place at some isolated lake in the woods where the biggest adventure is a canoe race, the 80s film SpaceCamp had loftier ambitions, instead choosing to launch its young guests into the stratosphere. Continue reading...

Good & Plenty

Good & Plenty

For those who don't harbor an aversion to the black variety of licorice, movie theaters have long offered a special treat – those little capsule shaped white and pink delicacies known as Good & Plenty. Fans will attest that they are both good and plentiful, and they also happen to be the oldest branded candy in the United States. Continue reading...

Dominoes

Dominoes

Planning is about to meet execution. You can't move a muscle, you can hardly breathe, lest you (or one errant sneeze) accidentally lay to waste your hours spent slaving over piece after endless piece. But now it is here, the moment of reckoning, as you prepare to fell your arch-rival - the domino, and all the troops behind him. One tiny touch, and clickity-clackity, it's over. Continue reading...

Penny Racers

Penny Racers

When you purchased one of Takara’s Penny Racer toy cars, you made sure you had an extra penny left over. One small cent made all the difference. It made for stunt car spinning happiness, with Matchbox and Hot Wheels track driving seeming bland and dull when compared to these 80s marvels. Continue reading...

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

If you are under the impression that you've never heard Glen Campbell, you are probably mistaken. A gifted musician, vocalist and performer, the guitarist who fittingly came from Delight, Arkansas has delighted millions with his hit songs, movie and television appearances, and as one of the busiest session musicians in Hollywood during the 60s and 70s. Continue reading...

Avon

Avon

When purchasing cosmetics, women have always preferred the personal touch and Avon has been there to deliver for well over a hundred years. With an army of sales associates ready to meet you at your front door and provide that perfect shade of lipstick along with a plethora of other cosmetics, they have saved many a customer the inconvenience of running to the store for supplies. Continue reading...

Creamsicle

Creamsicle

Sitting side-by-side in the frozen aisle, the cold-blooded cousins named ice cream and sherbet always coexisted peacefully, but rarely crossed paths. Then came the Creamsicle, a vanilla ice cream bar coated in a layer of orange sherbet. This pairing of Popsicle and ice cream went on to become one of the most beloved frozen treats ever created. Continue reading...