The glee of Christmas morning is captured in all the following photos some provided by my friend Roger Rickards who actually stars in the first 4...the first 3 from 1950 and the last (cowboy) from 1955.
Here is the Marx toy service station with "Sky View Parking" from my personal collection, actually the exact one that Roger got from Santa above as noted.
To the right is the catalog advertisement for the real thing.....an incredible amount of fun for only $4.69 ....a pretty huge amount of cash for a boy child's toy in 1950. Check out some of the other cool toys on this catalog page. Sorry the quality isn't the greatest.
The next photograph is the Sears later 1958 version of the toy service station
|Here is Sears version which was available in their 1958 Christmas wish book.|
Now here is Roger with his Ping Pong Ball rifle, looking very proud......He could pick off those Christmas Tree Balls at 10 feet with this baby.
.....as a note...click on all the photos for enlargements and to see the detail.
Here is a set of guns with holsters and a vest and chaps set that you might have gotten from Santa Claus in the mid 1950s, somewhat lilke the ones Roger was wearing above and they didn't have the orange tips on the guns either.....some looked and very ...actually even too authentic in the day. That concludes Roger's photos. Thanks again Roger for the use of your favourite Christmas presents photographs.
In the photo, if you click on it, you will see that I am holding a rubber Mickey Mouse airplane toy, one of my favourites of the day and behind me was a shiny new pair of Bauer ice skates.....I later went on to play Elk's pee wee hockey at Tarbutt Park in West Fort William.
Below is how that Mickey Mouse toy plane looked in colour....here the propeller blades are missing from the propeller.....and to the right is pretty much how my old Bauer skates looked albeit they would have been a little smaller.
To the right is a picture of me with my baby sister circa Christmas 1953. My toys from this picture were probably all in my bedroom by this time and likely wrecked already...but here is a similar toy to the one my little sister is playing with made by Brio in Sweden....a company who made quality wooden toys.
One last black and white photo of my sister and myself......I'm still looking for one with my brother Corey in it.....Corey if you have one send it over and I'll put it in the post!! This photo is actually taken at the same time as the colour one above by my dads good friend Norris Badanai. Norris ran a photo studio at the time.
The following photos are not family or friends but show you the excitement of Christmas day when you would receive your favourite toy of all time. How wonderful it would be to experience that same feeling you had when you were that young and opening those wonderful toys Christmas Day. We were so fortunate then as we are now......count your blessings, and have a Wonderful Christmas Holiday with your family and friends.
|Hair Dressing Set.|
|How it might look today if he had|
Finally look at this excited kid as he sees his Jet Flow Station Wagon Pedal Car for the very first time....I'll bet he's a car guy now, aka Gearhead!