The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 17, 1952 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 17, 1952
Page 14
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PAGE FOURTEEN BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Christmas Toys' of 90 Years Ago CombLnedMoralTeachingwithFun THE LITTLE PEOPLE'S CHRISTMAS By JOHN B. KNOX BOSTON (AV-Childron of 90 years ngo hRd to swallow capsules of folid mornl teaching along with their Christmas ftm. A pack ftl Uic exhibit ol early American toys and games at the Boston Children's Museum leaves no doubt that the Purlttm fathers had a btg thumb in tlie Christmas pie. The exhibit gives n roujjh Jdea o( fiomo items (he JOth century Snnta Claus carried lii his pack. Ltfcely as not, he'd show up with a phcnakisticsope. The wholo faintly could havo fun all Christmas Day frying to twist a tongue around a name like that. And just when you'd master It, you'd learn he'd left .the kids across the street a zoctrope. These were the nearest things to movies and television great grandpa had as R boy. Of course, you could do other THIS WATCH TELLS M-L-One of only 16 m existence, ,this ,0000 sWiss super-watch has a penxrlunl calendar, chimes, and .tht complicated mechanism indicates the year, month, day ot the •we«fc And month, M> wett as performing ordinary timekeeping that**. H also kxJieates phases ot the moon and tikes into account leap year variations in its calendar. The wafch. has only one drawback-—^ must be adjusted (or leap,year variations once every 99 years. The circumference of a silver dollar, the 35-jcwcl timepiece is traced in cradle, above, for assembly or repair of its 600 Darts, I)Ings In those days thai you can't lo today. You could rush out with vooden things tied on your leet— with gracefully, curved flat steel sled-runners on the bottom of them —and you could skat« on the snow. ITiat's what it said on the dirce- .lons, anyway. The 10th century version of snow skates seems lo have disappeared, There were talking hooks which mooed and haaed when you read about "The Cow" thusly: "Ar« you Ihirlsy, pretty dear? "Come and drink the au'ect milk icre/' The baa-Ing came from the string you pulled when you rcac about, the sheep, AH kinds of creatures would hoot; and ' hee-hnw jirds would sing and goats m-a-a-a when you pulled the right strings If you pulled the strings for the sheep nnd (he goat together, the book would say, "ma-nm," There were walking dolts from Frnnce and arm-propelled trl cycles. Apparently the first of a lino of eminently respectable games ed on (he ancient pastime o parches! from India reached Amcr [can boys nnd girls nrourtd VB43 One of them—entitled "The man slon of Happiness," copyrighted by D. P. Ives and Company of Bos ton and 3, B. Ives ol Salem li 1804—allnyed Ino susplcfons o parents who might have looket askance at a game based In par on Ihe throwing ot dice by the assurance It wns "an Instructive moral and entcrtalnltig amuse mcnt." There's no doubt Ihat Puritan imagination had oUdcd some star tling touches lo (he otd Hindi game. A player could ztp righ along_ toward "Happiness" 51 th [lice-thrown numbers kept him 01 the squares depleting justice, piety honesty, gratitude, prudence; gei croslty, truth, sincerity ond chas tity. The contestant could retreat Jus Call for Help WEDNESDAY, DEC. IT, 1«« t- 1 BY WALT SCOTT PONT JUST STAND SAWP.' SE as rapidly toward defeat il he became ensnared In quares symbol- izing "the summit of dissipation." drunkenness. Immodesty, passion, cheating;, or even poverty. He was FAST, EFFICIENT NATURAL GAS INSTALLATION! I.el a honded gas organization install your natural gas system and be sure Its done right! CITY ELECTRIC CO iractieally a gone goose if he rection" or "prison." I game and-maybe it was even wound up in "the house oE cor- It was a fine, instructive, moral I played sometimes on Sunday. .'- Straight and True from 0!'Kaintuck...AGiftto Remember and Enjoy CABIN STILL STITZEL-WEllER DISTIILERY - Eitab. lo»l,ylll«, Ky., 18<» Distributed by Moon Distributing Co. Little Rock, Arkansas ' p KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY • H " ' ro ° l GIFTS ...FOR MEN WHO ENJOY THE BEST STAFFORD ROBES For an ideal gift An tftd Christmas favorite is presented at It's finest this year. Stafford offers all the styles and fabrics in the finest selection you'll see. \V« have complete sizes loo! \ Every Man Appreciates Fine Neckwear! Select from our huge collection by Beau Brummel - Arrow and Wembley / It's very simple to please any man • \vhen you ehoose from this outstanding collection of fine neckwear. Pure silks, rayons and woolens offered in striking patt.tns nnd colors. See them! 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