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Our childhood toys

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Wendy

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This is tiger Tim he is nearly 50 years old my dad bought him for me in Germany. When I was little his eyes frightened me as they shone in the dark. He has lost one now probably to many cuddles! Wendy

 
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Patty

master brummie
Tiger Tim

Morning Moma P,
Was it the Tiger Tim out of the comic?
Here is a photo of me with my Tiger Tim bag on.
 
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Wendy

Guest
I don't think so cause he came from Germany, I just called him that! I love your hair bow's Patty!

Does anyone remember the cans we walked on with string threaded through so you could hold them and walk along.
 

A.Willoughby

master brummie
The only cans I ever had were the ones with holes punched in them and a long wire handle to hold them with. One lit pieces wood and then put coal on top, in them. The next part was to swing them around to get the air pressure to make the coals burn. Great on a autumn/winter evening - kept the hands warm
Will.
 

Pomgolian

Kiwi Brummie Admin' Team
:angel: Remember them Moma P ... I should Cocoa... In fact I still make them for my little 'Rug Rats' at work and they love them... Some of them haven't been walking on their own two feet very long, so the giggles and sense of achievement when they walk on two tins is great.:)

Does anyone remember the cans we walked on with string threaded through so you could hold them and walk along.
 
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Wendy

Guest
What a great idea Pom, I have two grandchildren who are nearly three I think I shall save some tins!
 
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Catkin

Guest
Pretty little patty, love the bow, i have done all of those things with the tin cans, great fun, think i will show my grandchildren too. but i suspect that my sons will think i am barmy.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Lovely pics........ The tins are fun and the kids will soon get the idea. Easy to make and it's something different these days.
 

williams

master brummie
I had a Teddy bear That was in much worse condition than "Tiger Tim", he went everywhere with me, including Jeromes photographers, to have my photo taken, the photographer tried everything to make leave Ted out of the picture but apparently i was having none of it. That Teddy went everywhere with me to the despair of my mum
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
I remember those tins with the string to make telephones Alf. String was at a premium in those days and most people saved it for around the house and not for children's toys. My brother and his friends had a den in the gulley, left over land at the back of our house and they would make these "telephones" to use in the den for their games. The best thing that happened though regarding telephones. Our neighbours son, Dennis had been in the Army and had bought home a Field Telephone set...Army issue.
I think it worked on batteries. It had yards and yards of connecting cable
and Dennis gave the set to my brother, Peter. Very few people had house phones in those days so something like this to play with was just perfect.
It was very eerie to be able to talk to someone quite a distance away and plan strategy for the games. We also used to use it in the house so that my brother could listen to TV programmes. He wired it up going down the stairs under the carpet and along the hall when my parents were out one day and hid the phone behind the TV. It worked but then the wiring was discovered and it was confiscated by my parents for a while. We had hours of good fun though.
 
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Wendy

Guest
Jennyann, Its so funny how things trigger the memorie you mentioning the army phones. My Dad was always in the army and navy stores he had a compass from a ship, we had a distress box kite which I nearly lost in Sutton Park. My brothers flew it on holiday in Bournmouth with extra string it went so far out someone called the coast guard. I was so glad I was to young to be involved. Oh I nearly forgot my first swing was a parachute seat my Dad was so inventive, he fixed it to a frame outside our back door my sister and I loved it! so did our Mom as she could leave us in it safe.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Moma P...so many toys were home made years ago and the kites in particular..no fancy kite shops like they have now back then. It was fun to help to make kites and we had plenty of safe space to fly them in Witton Lakes Park. Loved your story about the box kite flying out to sea. It was always a challenge to find enough string to fly the kites.

There was an Army and Navy surplus store in Erdington High Street for years opposite the Parish Church. My first water wings came from there
and were very ugly really but they did the trick. They were light grey and army issue if you could imagine that! The shop was always busy and they sold all sorts of interesting things. Didn't see any parachute material though! That swing sounds like the Jolly Jumper type thing we used to bolt above the door and put the baby in. You could keep an eye on junior and the baby would love jumping around. Great to have had an inventive Dad Moma P.
 
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Catkin

Guest
Hornby Trains

Does any-one remember the toy train shop, i think they sold mostly Hornby trains and lots of balsa wood so maybe model airplanes too, if i remember correctly it was on the corner of Cherry Street
 

Oisin

gone but not forgotten
I remember the "can-stilts". We found the dried baby milk cans the best for them - cocoa tins best for the telephones and old paint tins for Will's fire cans (the residue of paint in the bottom improved the flammability).

Would you believe my grandsons have been bought the modern equivalent of the stilt-cans, factory made in plastic, together with traditional stilts made in aluminium? Seen as they enjoy these better than PS2, I can only imagine how much more fun they would get from the proper home made ones.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
I remember the baby food can stilts Cromwell. They were the best because the cans were much larger. Oisin, I can't imagine the plastic versions of these lasting very long unless they are made of very tough plastic.

Kids had to be more inventive years ago and it seems that most of them were constantly looking around the area for materials to make these toys. Do you remember looking for pieces of wood to attach to a roller skate so that you could go down a paved hill at lightening speeds. Pram wheels were at a premium but I never remember anyone stealing a set and leaving the pram wheeless.
 

Oisin

gone but not forgotten
jennyann,

My grandsons even have bought plastic sledges that don't fall to bits when they're going down a 1in2 incline at 60 m.p.h. :Aah: - what's the fun in them then? ???

Yes, wheels were at a premium. I can remember stripping down a perfectly good Pedigree or Swallow for the wheels, but always with the owners permission. You could get them from people who's kids were walking and had electric fires so didn't need transport for the coke or coal any more.

The wheels never gave a problem but despite all my experience and experimentation, I could never devise a reliable steering system for any of my mokes, which probably accounts for the state I'm in today. :(
 
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Wendy

Guest
My brothers trolly

Oisin my brother's (who are probably reading this) had a trolly called Sputnick it was burgundy in colour with a white Sputnick painted at the front. I of course was only allowed on it supervised by one of them, because as they said "I was a girl and couldn't steer it". They wouldn't get away with that comment now!!!!!!!!!!
 

Pomgolian

Kiwi Brummie Admin' Team
:angel: Well actually it's baby food tins or Milo tins we use at Preschool, as there ain't many other kind of tins around any more, it's all plastic jars and bottles now.
 
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