Memory Lane: Dinosaurs vs. Skyscrapers

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These were among my very favorite toys as a kid–Miller Co. wax dinosaurs. I’m so glad I still have two of them left–a big Stegosaurus and a smaller one. These wax toys had a regrettable tendency to break. I’ll bet the Dimetrodon’s and Triceratops’ tails broke off while they were taking this picture.

Our snow is turning into slush today–but not to worry, we’ve got some more snow in our forecast–and if I were ten years old, today I’d be building skyscrapers with our plastic skyscraper kit and working out stories involving dinosaurs and skyscrapers. We also had a Cape Canaveral play set whose rockets came in very handy when you had to defend the skyscrapers. A rubber-tipped Atlas rocket would take out even a Tyrannosaur with a direct hit. But I usually rooted for the dinosaurs, so they had spring-powered missiles, too.

Ah, the imagination! Cavemen lined up on the roof of a skyscraper, armed with rocks and spears, fending off a giant Pterodactyl, commanded by a plastic figurine of Davy Crockett–even the movies couldn’t match it. With Sir Lancelot riding out in armor to do battle with creatures he supposed, not unreasonably, to be dragons.

These stories could go on all the way to suppertime.

We didn’t need video games.

2 comments on “Memory Lane: Dinosaurs vs. Skyscrapers

  1. We girls often had dollhouses — sometimes readymade ones, sometimes ones that we made ourselves out of cardboard. Same with the furniture and the residents, i.e., sometimes purchased, sometimes made from cardboard, paper, scraps of cloth, etc. We moved the furniture around, invented stories about the people, periodically cut out new curtains and rugs and wall hangings…. I still love dollhouses.

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