Glass’ & Reed’s Contribution to the World

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Mr. Machine is a once popular children’s mechanical toy originally manufactured by the Ideal Toy Company in 1960. Mr. Machine was a robot-like mechanical man wearing a top hat. The body had a giant windup key at the back. When the toy was wound up it would “walk”, swinging its arms and repeatedly ringing a bell mounted on its front; and after every few steps emit a mechanical “Ah!”, as if it were speaking. The toy stood about 18 inches tall (roughly 46 cm).

The gimmick of Mr. Machine was that one could not only see all of his mechanical “innards” through his clear plastic body, but one could also take the toy apart and put it back together, over and over, like a Lego toy or a jigsaw puzzle.

Mr. Machine was one of Ideal’s most popular toys. The company reissued it in 1978, but with some alterations: it could no longer be taken apart (owing to the tendency of very young children to put small pieces in their mouths which could be accidentally swallowed or present a choking hazard), and instead of ringing a bell and making the “Ah” sound, it now whistled “This Old Man”.

This later version of Mr. Machine was brought back once more in the 1980s. In 2004, the Poof-Slinky Company remanufactured the original 1960 version (using the actual Ideal molds whenever possible), which made the original sounds and could be disassembled, and with the intention of being marketed to nostalgic adults as a collectible.

[U.S. Patent image found here. Unfortunately it’s only a single page, but it refers to related patents. Description and more found here.]

She got that Wig Wag Walk

THE CUTE KIDS WITH
THE COMICAL EYES
AND THE
WIG WAG WALK

Creeps me right out. It’s like they’ve got instant Grave’s Disease or something. Watch Comical Clara & Pop Eye Pete in action here.

[Found here, h/t Mme. Jujujive.]

The .Gif Friday Post No. 592 – Guardian Dog, Avatars Feel No Pain & Powderface

[Found here, here, and here.]

Mr. Balloonie Dances, Wiggles, and It’s Almost Human.

Yeah, that’ll keep the little bastard occupied for a few seconds.

[Found here.]

The .Gif Friday Post No.508 – Teaching Miss Manners 1, Teaching Miss Manners 2 & Pupsquirt

[Found here, here and here.]

The Friday .GIF Post No. 477 – WTF Toy, ViewMistress & Nobody Notices Stupid

[Found here, here and here.]

The .GIF Friday Post No. 476 – On the Jumbotron, Hot Shades, Fighting Irish & Snowdiver

[Found here, here and here. Oh, yeah, and here.]

Say “Cheese.”

say-cheese

There are two things that cause poverty in this world: Government malfeasance and natural phenomena.

[Found in here.]

Update: P.J. O’Rourke’s book “All The Trouble In The World” is a good read.