The other day I posted this 1966 advertisement for a Lady Penelope toys competition.
Two things came to mind.
1. Does anyone have the results? They would be in a Lady Penelope comic after October 8th 1966?
2. It'd be fun to find out more about some of the more unusual toys in this advert -
That's were the fun really started!
Deploying Sacramento reader Jim's suggestion of magnifying the above picture and the description, below, I made a start.
I began with the "Cosmeti-Kit" pictured far right
This is the description
The description described two sets; skin cream and shampoo/bath. They allowed kids to make their own cosmetics. There are two boxes shown in the ad so presumably they're one of each.
So who made them?
Unusually the description doesn't say.
Web power stepped in at this point and I managed to find a reference to Cosmeti Kits.
This toy catalogue cover includes the words Cosmeti kit on it, so it would appear that they were made by Mettoy Playcraft in 1966.
I could find no other online information whatsoever about this toy and the above image was a googlewack, a single google result, a list of one!
This would prove to be a similar story for much of the more unusual stuff pictured in the ad, but more on that later
My conclusion would be that these Cosmeti Kits are seriously rare children's 'toys' nowadays, as hardly any have appeared online.
I know that making cosmetics would have meant that the box and contents probably got thrown away after use but I did expect some ex- shop stock to have survived and have been auctioned off somewhere.
Anyone got anymore info about them?