Category Archives: Toys from Decades Past

par picture puzzle

Par Picture Puzzle

par picture puzzle

The Par Picture Puzzle is among the most sought-after jigsaw puzzle brands ever made...and with good reason. The Par Company of Brooklyn, New York has been manufacturing these wood-backed jigsaw puzzles since the 1930's. The quality of craftsmanship in the intricately-cut wooden backed pieces is simply stunning, and the time and expertise it takes to assemble one is a challenge even to the most experienced puzzle solvers. However, its the figural silhouettes hidden in the squiggly biomorphic puzzle pieces that really make a Par Picture Puzzle different. Every Par Picture Puzzle has a number of highly-detailed figural pieces of people, animals and objects. Here are some examples of the figural pieces in our puzzle.

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Betsy Wetsy Doll Swing Rocker

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The 1961 Ideal Betsy Wetsy Doll Swing

This rare 1961 Ideal Betsy Wetsy doll swing rocker is like a smaller version of the old Graco Swyng-O-Matic baby chair, with a clockwork motor inside that winds up and makes the swing rock back and forth. The Betsy Wetsy Doll Swing stands 25.5 inches tall, making it an impressive display for your favorite 20-inch Betsy. It has an all-metal construction with bright red graphics across the top and a light blue canvas seat. The automatic swing mechanism is operated by winding the aluminum "key" on the side. It just needs a push to get started, and away it goes. It makes the same familiar and nostalgic "tick-tick" sound as the Swyng-O-Matic, too.  This particular Betsy Wetsy doll swing shows minor wear, but is still in great condition for its age. The chair fabric shows some minor stains and age. There are loose threads on either side where the fabric is supposed to be pinched together at the natural bend of the chair. The legs have some scuffs and scratches, but the white paint is still in great shape. The swing mechanism works perfectly, but you do need to put a doll in it for weight. Otherwise, it just stops after a couple of swings. The video below shows the swing in action, and I used an unnamed vintage doll weighing the swing to activate the rocking mechanism.

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antique german playing cards

Antique German Playing Cards

antique german playing cards

This very rare antique German playing cards set has two complete decks of 53 cards in a leather bound hard shell carrying case. The unusually small-sized cards have two corner indices and each card measures 2 9/16 inches x 1 11/16 inches. Both decks contains a joker card with an illustrated engraving. Both of the decks have identical cards and back designs of birds, but one deck back is pinkish and one is an off-white color with a faint blue-ish tint.

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CASE XX SCOUT CAMP POCKET KNIVES

vintage case xx knife 6445R

The Case XX 6445R Pocket Knife

Since World War II, the Case knife has been the highly-sought-after utility tool of choice for generations of Scouts, campers, and young boys across the country. This vintage Case XX knife model 6445R shows moderate use, but is still in sturdy shape with no cracks, chips, loose bits or structural flaws. The blades pull out smoothly and snap back swiftly (careful, they're still pretty sharp). The scalloped bone handle shows considerable use, but is still in very good shape. Blades show age and tarnish, but there seems to be no rust anywhere. Great for everyday use, it feels good just sitting in the palm of your hand. Longest blade measures 2.25 inches.

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fortress america board game

FORTRESS AMERICA BOARD GAME

fortress america board game

Released in 1986, Fortress America is arguably the best strategy game Milton Bradley ever developed.

Obviously a Red Dawn-inspired "fantasy" from the height of the Cold War, the 25 year old theme of Fortress America seems more relevant today than ever...Saddam's face is right there on the freakin' box, a full five years before 1991's Operation: Desert Storm. Fortress America is a classic game of strategy, like a cool and creepy updated version of Risk! Here is the unabridged and terrifying synopsis from the back of the box:

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Tyco Stock Car 500 Electric Racing

Vintage Tyco Slot Car Sets

Tyco Stock Car 500 Electric Racing

Tyco Stock Car 500 Electric Slot Car Set w/ Extras 

THIS 1992 TYCO STOCK CAR 500 SLOT CAR ELECTRIC RACING SET IS USED AND IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL BOX. THE SET IS MISSING FOUR GUARD RAILS, ONE OF THE TWO BRIDGE PROPS (AN OBJECT OF SIMILAR SIZE WAS USED TO IMPROVISE THE PROP IN THE PHOTOBELOW) AND THE DECORATIVE FLAGS. hOWEVER, IT ALSO HAS EXTRA TRACKS AND CARS FROM OTHER SETS, INCLUDING TWO LANE CHANGING TRACKS, TWO STRAIGHT TRACKS, A BLACK PONTIAC FIREBIRD WITH LIGHT-UP HEADLAMPS, TWO HOT ROD BIG RIGS (ONE WITH TRACTOR TRAILER THAT WORKS ON THE TRACK), AND TWO CAR BODIES. ONE OF THE TWO ORIGINAL CARS IS MISSING ONE OF THE METAL CONTACT PLATES UNDERNEATH AND THE YELLOW TRUCK IS MISSING IT'S FRONT GRILLE AND HAS A BROKEN TAB ON THE BACK THAT KEEPS THE TRAILER ON, SO IT CANNOT USE THE TRAILER.

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BATTLETECH PLASTIC MODEL KITS FROM 1986

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This rare pair of vintage Battletech Plastic Model Kits Series miniatures are from 1986.

They are original Gama Battletech Plastic Model Kits from Tatsunoko Productions / Twentieth Century Imports.

The pair includes Set # 6 with Rifleman & Warhammer, and Set #7 with Marauder & Ostroc Mk II. Rifleman/Warhammer is missing the Battlemech diagram / spec sheet, both kits are partially assembled, and though they were carefully stored and look like they are 100% there, I am not positive they are complete. Both kits includes instructions and a Battletech scenario, and the completed pieces are well-assembled and not sloppy. These Battletech Plastic Model Kits received an opening bid under an hour after its listing and ended up at $60.00, because "Human Life is Cheap--Battlemechs are Expensive!" The FASA Corporation of Chicago conceived the classic BattleTech role playing game in 1984, focusing on gigantic robotic humanoid battle machines they called Battledroids. The name was quickly changed to BattleMechs in the 2nd edition because some jerk named George Lucas and his so-called Lucasfilm Ltd. had claimed rights to the term "droid" (so THAT'S what Lucas had been doing all those years after Return of the Jedi...bringing lawsuits against people!). 

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Vintage Barbie Mod Bachelorette Pad

Vintage Barbie Lively Livin' Mod Dollhouse

THESE VINTAGE 1970 MATTEL BARBIE DOLLHOUSES ARE ACTUALLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE COMPLETE LIVELY LIVIN' DOLLHOUSE. BOTH DOLLHOUSES HAVE A TOTALLY OVER-THE-TOP GROOVY DECORATING SCHEME, COMPLETE WITH ZODIAC SIGN WALLPAPER, PSYCHEDELIC POSTER ART, RETRO LAMPS AND KNICK-KNACKS, AND LOADS OF BRIGHT COLORS. BOTH HOUSES WERE USED AND ARE MISSING ALL FURNITURE / ACCESSORIES THAT MAY HAVE ORIGINALLY BEEN WITH THEM, THE "BLUE" HOUSE IS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE, SHOWING SOME WEAR BUT NO SERIOUS DAMAGE. THE "PINK" HOUSE IS IN MORE DISARRAY, WITH ONE WALL ALMOST TORN FROM IT'S FRAME (SEE LAST PHOTO). BOTH HOUSES ARE ABLE TO STAND ON THEIR OWN, AND THOUGH THEY ARE NOT "COLLECTOR GRADE", THEY ARE STILL GREAT FUN FOR DISPLAY OR PLAY.

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