Toucan Sam

Toucan Sam

It is a well-known fact that in the world of cartoons, a big nose allows one to smell things at great distances. Perhaps the best example of this ability lies in a colorful creature from the South American rainforests, Ramphastos sulfuratus, or in layman’s terms, a keel-billed Toucan by the name of Sam – Toucan Sam. Continue reading...

Toughskin Jeans

Toughskin Jeans

Kids have the remarkable ability to destroy just about any type of clothing with ease, needing only an hour or so of vigorous play, sometimes minutes. But in the 70s, they begrudgingly met their match. Catalog moguls, Sears and Roebuck, developed a new fabric that was nearly indestructible, perking up the ears of parents everywhere. They marketed the fabric in a line of children's clothing that every kid of the era surely remembers, either fondly or with a pained expression. That’s right, we're talking about Toughskins. Continue reading...

Trac Ball toy

Trac-Ball

Jai-Alai, in Basque, means “Merry Festival.” The game originated there over a century ago and has been billed as the “world’s fastest ball game.” Of course, a part of that excitement and intensity comes from its infamous reputation for crippling players permanently. Not the case with Whamo-s version, called Trac-Ball. But that didn't mean that there weren't a few dangers worth watching out for. Perhaps its no wonder that this game is so fondly remembered. Let's take a look back at Trac-Ball. Continue reading...

Trapper Keeper

Trapper Keeper

One of the keys to scholastic success is to stay organized. And, thanks to the folks at Mead, students from the 70s and 80s could count on a nifty little helper to keep all those notes and assignments in their proper place. Introduced in the late 70s, the Trapper Keeper quickly became the organizer of choice for millions of students, who still fondly remember filing away their school work into the confines of this handy device. Continue reading...

Trix Rabbit

Trix Rabbit

Usually when one repeats the same task and yet expects a different result, it is a textbook example of insanity. But there are exceptions. When a generous helping of Trix cereal is involved, you can’t really blame that bunny for repeatedly trying to snag himself a bowl. In fact, it’s hard not to sympathize. And for all that effort, one thing is indisputable; Trix Rabbit has sold a heck of a lot of cereal over the years. Continue reading...

Trolls

Trolls

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Troll Dolls have seemingly been around forever. Modern generations can thank the retro-crazed 90s for the resurgence of a more-brightly hued version of the little lucky toys, while older generations can thank Thomas Dam, a Danish woodcutter who, as legend has it, simply didn’t have enough money to buy his lovely daughter a toy. Rather than put on a sad face over the whole matter, Dam delved into Nordic fairy tales for a bit of inspiration and carved up a troll doll for his daughter. She loved it, dressed it up and showed it off to anyone that might take a look. Slowly but surely the ugly little doll won a spot within the hearts of the townspeople and thus, the beginning of the Troll Doll. Continue reading...

Tron

Tron

Hardly a film is made today without the extensive use of computer generated imagery. The practice is so commonplace that most moviegoers take such wizardry for granted. Back in the late 70s, however, things were still done the old fashioned way, until a Hollywood animator named Steven Lisberger took notice of the skyrocketing video game industry and decided to bring these artificially concocted environments to the big screen. The result was the 1982 Disney Film, Tron. Continue reading...

Twinkie the Kid

Twinkie the Kid

One third of the trinity of Hostess snack cake mascots, he’s the rootin’, tootin’ crème-filled cowboy, ready to save the day and offer up a tasty Twinkie to anyone who needs a little yummy goodness in their lives. Let’s take a look back at this memorable mascot that has graced every box of Twinkies (and more than a few television commercials) since the 70s. Continue reading...