The Ghost of Christmas Presents
This is what toys used to be like, before they got all wimped out due to “safety issues”. I’ll have more to say about that in my next two posts. In the meantime, here are some great and not-so-great presents (both real and imaginary) that you can get your kids for Christmas.
For kids who like Sesame Street:
This next one was a real product, and it looks like a real ad. I just can’t figure out what publication would run it:
This next one is a little too real:
The copyright on that ad says 1967. That’s right! You can buy Johnny a toy version of the very same gun that his older brother is using right now to kill Viet Cong! Then when Johnny gets drafted in a few years, he’ll sail through boot camp, because he can already field-strip an M16 blindfolded.
Note to modern kids: If you manage to score one of these at a flea market or antique shop, don’t take it to school for show and tell. Somehow I don’t think they will be as enthusiastic about your treasured find as you are.
Finally, some kids will be disappointed that they didn’t receive what they really wanted this Christmas: