A while back I wrote a post entitled Five Signs You’re Feeling Nostalgic For Your Childhood. It featured Monopoly, candy necklaces and that staple of 70s culture, the mood ring.
Imagine my delight, then, when I happened upon the following post over on Salon entitled The Forgotten Treasures of Gen-X Childhood. It’s a slide show featuring assorted toys and memorabilia that defined my childhood: things like Fisher Price Little People (in case you’d forgotten that there was once was a predecessor to Playmobil)…candy cigarettes…and unsafe playground equipment. (Oh, for those see-saws that just came banging down on your leg!)
I will confess to not recognizing all of it. Maybelline kissing potion didn’t ring a bell. (Though I do have vivid memories of those sickly sweet, giant lip glosses we all hung around our necks with flavors like bubble gum and watermelon and Dr. Pepper…I think they were called Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers. Anyone?)
And, of course, I remember Love’s Baby Soft Perfume, which also makes a cameo in said post. (“You can try soft: Harry. Or you can try hard: HARRY! Soft will get him every ti-i-ime…Love’s Baby Soft!”) Positively creepy, 35 years on…
So I cordially invite you to take a stroll down memory lane and check out the forgotten treasures of Gen-X Childhood. You won’t regret it.
Then in the comment section, tell me what they’re missing…
Image: End of Times Holiday Party by Laughing Squid via Flickr under a Creative Commons license