Sears, Roebuck and Co.

A true American institution

Mother loved her job in the filing rooms of the Sears, Roebuck and Co. building in downtown, Atlanta. She could go on break, or after work, right downstairs to shop in the record department of the Sears store below. The building was opened in 1926 as a Sears, Roebuck and Co. retail store, warehouse, and regional office. In 1979, the retail store closed but the building continued operating as a Sears regional office until 1987. Mother worked there around 1945.

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Slinky (Part Two)

Fun for a girl and a boy

I previously wrote about the beginnings of the Original Slinky (June 25, 2020) but now I’d like to expand on the subject a little. It was inducted into “The Strong National Museum of Play”[1] in the year 2000. After 15 years of impressively successful Slinky sales, the inventor, Richard James left his family and moved to Bolivia with an evangelical cult and translated bibles.

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Tiddlywinks

A game in which players try to snap small disks into a cup by pressing them on the edge with a larger disk.

Tiddlywinks is a game played on a flat felt mat with sets of small discs called “winks”, a pot, which is the target, and a collection of squidgers, which are also discs. Players use a “squidger” to shoot a wink into flight by flicking the squidger across the top of a wink and then over its edge, thereby propelling it into the air.

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Chinese Checkers

The game is neither a variation of checkers, nor did it originate in China or any part of Asia.

Chinese Checkers, also called Sternhalma, is a German strategy board game that can be played by 2-6 players. It is a simplified version of a game called Halma (a strategy board game invented in 1883 or 1884 by George Howard Monks). My parents had the version pictured here, a round metal container that stored the marbles and checker pieces. Flip it over and it was a checkerboard.

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Colorforms

With over 60 years making toys, the best is yet to come for Colorforms!

It all started in the 1950s when Harry and Patricia Kislevitz began experimenting with a flexible vinyl material. They had bought rolls of different colored vinyl and simply cut out shapes that they would place on their bathroom walls. They left the vinyl and scissors available so guests could add their own touch. Their friends were intrigued and they knew they were on to something.

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Making the Melody Hill Issue 2 Cover Photo

Behind the scenes with our Circle Sky artwork

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. We took a series of pictures of items strategically placed on a white piece of Coroplast with another piece of Coroplast as the background. Coroplast is a chemically inert, extremely durable polypropylene copolymer, extruded twin-wall fluted plastic sheet. It is resistant to water and we used them all the time to make signs advertising the record store. All the items on display were from Donnie’s personal collection.

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Dark Shadows Game

Fiendishly Fun

Dark Shadows was an American Gothic soap opera that originally aired on the ABC network from June 27, 1966, until April 2, 1971. It aired, at my house, at 4 pm every weekday. I had to run up the driveway, after getting off the school bus, to be able to get a snack and seated, with Mother, in time to see each episode.

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Pitchback

I got a pitch back when I was a kid. I used it for years, repaired it many times. It worked great and was incredibly durable. It is long disintegrated but I still have the instructions (See image at end of the post)! The net had 24 S-hooks to attach to the frame. You could stand far away and try to hit the center every throw.

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Comic Book Men

I just finished all 7 seasons of Comic Book Men an Amazon Prime video. It was an AMC television show, podcast, starring Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, Tusk) and his employees of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. This is a comic book store located in Red Bank, New Jersey. Sitting around a table Kevin Smith, Bryan Johnson (Mallrats, Dogma, Shooting Clerks, Making Fun: The Story of Funko, Impractical Jokers: The Movie), Walt Flanagan (Clerks, Mallrats, Vulgar),

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Wham-O Super Ball

Wow, I loved these balls. I remember that they surpassed any other ball I ever owned for how high it would bounce. Even a golf ball, off the concrete, could not match. I used to throw the super ball off the house and field it with my baseball glove. It was incredible but after a few hundred times off the bricks, it would disintegrate, unlike the rubber baseballs, tennis balls, or golf balls I also used. They were made of a synthetic rubber invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1964.

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