For the last four years the blog wouldn't have been anything without you readers and your enthusiasm for your childhood treasures. I would like to invite you to email me pictures and/or stories of your favourite[s]. It could be something from your past, your current collection or a more recent treasure. It could include photographs of your tender years with said treasure or simply the toy itself.
To get the ball rolling, one of my favourite toys were cheap plastic boats, which my Mum and Dad bought me on our holidays in the 1960's. These were usually spent at one of the various Butlins Holiday camps, which all families seemed to flock to in the UK back then. Butlins camps were full of fountains, eating halls, bingo halls, swimming pools, huge diving boards, beautiful girls, annoying brothers, pirate games and entertainment guards called redcoats. As long as I had a cheap plastic boat [or a plastic sword, shield or helmet for that matter] I was happy. If I was happy, my parents were happy. Simple! And here is the evidence... I'm the little kid with the stripey shirt pleased as punch with my new black and white plastic ship and blue speedboat on a string! Mum looks happy in her sunglasses. My brother's working up his latest cunning plan of how to seperate me from my beloved toy fleet!
And here's Arto's cherished treasure....
"It all started with an ASC Batmobile, given by my godfather back in 1966, and subsequently carefully stripped down to basics by toddler me. Missing battery cover and all, but still works. Baddies beware!"