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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All kinds of twitchy, twertchy, wriggly Things!

Thingmaker is a product by Mattel started in 1964. The toy came in kits, like Creepy Crawlers, with die cast moulds that you you heat in the open-face hot plate oven to about 390 degrees F (199 degrees C) and add the Plastigoop which would cure , when cooled by the placing in the water tray to form rubbery replicas.

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Carousel Gumball Machine

The Carousel gumball machine was started in the 1950’s by Arthur Gold. In the 1980’s the brand was purchased by Ford Gum & Machine. The machines are cast iron with glass globes. They are made in different sizes known as the King, Junior and Petite (like mine shown in the photo). They still make replicas today but the originals are sold on auction sites for a little more. You can also buy parts for all the models.

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Etch A Sketch

This is my original Etch A Sketch that I received as a child. By turning the two knobs the stylus moves, displacing aluminum powder on the back of the screen in a line. Turning it over and shaking the powder erases your work. This method of drawing is called lineographic art. The Etch A Sketch was invented by André Cassagnes of France and manufactured by the Ohio Art Company. The first release was July 12, 1960.

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