Skip to comments.The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Vintage Toys
Posted on 10/25/2011 6:38:17 PM PDT by OL Hickory
These days, if a stuffed animal's plastic eye so much as wiggles, that toy is recalled faster than you can say "class action lawsuit." Back in the day, though, child safety consisted of just getting out of the way and letting natural selection do its thing. If a kid was too dumb to play with a toy the right way, well, he'd just have to learn to get along with one less eye.
That meant molten glass, molten metal, hazardous chemicals -- all were included in toys back then ... on purpose.
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When Toys Were Toys And Boys Were Boys
Well, I survived 8, 7 and 3.
Wow, some of those look like a lot of fun!
I want that Atomic Energy Lab.. cool. I just checked eBay and you can buy the alpha radiation replacement.
Apparently you CAN just walk into a store and buy plutonium in 1955, Doc Brown.
Now that’s just funny right there.
I had half of those when I was a kid. My favorite was the Gilbert Chemistry Set. The nuke set was a gyp.
Consumer Reporter: So, you don't feel that this product is dangerous?
Irwin Mainway: No! Look, we put a label on every bag that says, "Kid! Be careful - broken glass!" I mean, we sell a lot of products in the "Bag O'" line.. like Bag O' Glass, Bag O' Nails, Bag O' Bugs, Bag O' Vipers, Bag O' Sulfuric Acid. They're decent toys, you know what I mean?
They weren’t Gilbert brand, but I had a proper chemistry set complete with toxic and potentially explosive chemicals, and a cool home particle physics lab with radioisotope samples and a cloud chamber!
We didn’t cast our own, but the first generation of D&D players used leaden figures.
Uranium and radium samples? I am sure that unless you ate the sample you would be fine, but still?
Giving this to a 9 year old boy--wildly irresponsible.
You can buy radioactive stuff here!
Especially the EMP guns!
Johnny seven assult rifle. Had 7 different weapons components. Had a shelf life of 2months.
The air blaster was cool ... we also had something where you poured this gummy liquid into a mold and heated it and it made these neon bugs — “Creepy Crawlers”, I think was the name of it. There was also some sort of a device that heated sheets of plastic and sucked the air out of it and molded it into little objects - Vac-U-Form?? Those were cool toys!!!
I remember that weapon—on TV anyway. Why is it irresponsible?
What irked me as a kid were the ads that lied to me. For instance, I could NOT fly over fences after putting on a pair of PF Flyers.
Awesome that Jarts didn’t even make the list!
And I thought the gas powered pogo stick I saw on TV the other day was bad.
I concocted all sorts of neat stuff with my chemistry set.
Remember Vac-U-Form? That was kind of crazy. I damn near passed out from the fumes once and burned myself quite a few times. Great fun though!
Matel had the creepy crawlers. little hotplates that would burn the crap out of you and little molds to melt the plastic.
The really irresponsible ones were the insane legislators that have given us the nanny state.
Down with the nanny state! Bring back freedom. Eliminate stupid national “safety” standards!
I wandered alone in near wilderness with a rifle and a dog when I was 12. I spent more time in a canoe and on snowshoes growing up than I did on a bicycle. I started reloading ammunition at 13 and worked in the woods peeling pulp wood logs by hand when I was 14.
We have created a world where we dare not give children responsibility, then expect them to exercise it immediately and fully when they turn 18.
It is an insane expectation.
I’m glad they post lists of the 10 most dangerous toys every year so I know what to get the neighbor kids.
Although there is an Obama button, it looks like Perry.
Good ole’ Gilbert. Keeping Doctors busy for decades.
Hilarious article! Thanks for posting.
I had completely forgotten about Jarts, they were great. What a shame little boys can’t be trusted with bb guns and Barlow knives anymore.
Maybe the kid then were smarter. When I was 10 I went hunting with a 12 ga shotgun after school. Back then no one thought a thing about it!
Our favorite thing to play with was the mercury when we broke a thermometer!
Damn, I was just gonna mention that!
Halloween’s just around the corner.
I look forward to Mr Mainway touting his “Invisible Pedestrian” costume again this season.
I think it’s Blagojevich.
Back in the day, most of us carried radium samples on our wrists.
Late to the party, but I wonder how many of the people involved in our space programs started with A. C. Gilbert sets.
Things Of Science was another great introduction. Though on a much less grandiose scale, they reached many.
The Johnny Reb Cannon by Remco—when you needed artillery to get the job done!
I had a Creepy Crawler maker as a kid. We even had the edible goo to make Incredible Edibles.
Man O Man...when we came to town on Saturday I used to make it a point to stop at the Willis Shoe Bar on west main st and stick my feet in the x-ray machine they had there. Quite the shoe store!
LOL! When I was about 12-13 I was mail ordering chemicals for my basement lab. Stuff like hydrocloric acid and concentrated sulfuric acid! I’ve always wondered if the folks who bought our house had to overhaul the basement sink plumbing...lots of acid and other stuff was poured down that sink.
I made the same sad discovery. I haven't trusted TV advertising ever since. Remember when everything was touted as "the best"? Even as a kid, I wondered how *everything* could be "the best". Clearly, someone was lying.
BTW, I survived several chemistry sets, exceeded the recommended portions for homemade gunpowder (by pounds), and had a lead casting outfit. The lead casting skills still come in handy to cast big .45 and .58 caliber slugs.
It’s a good thing that radium emits alpha particles when it decays that are easily blocked by the watches.