Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Gifts of the 1980s

Hard to believe 1980 was almost 40 years ago. God, I feel old. 

Speaking of old, I could not remember the popular gifts for that decade, so I did some research. Survey ( MeTv) and says:

1980: Rubik's Cube - that is still around and I still cannot solve

1981: Masters of the Universe

1982: Glo Worm.

4. 1983: Cabbage Patch Kids. - those not so pretty stuffed dolls that could be adopted from a "Hospital" in Georgia.

1984: Transformers - that made a comeback in the past 10 years or so.

1985: Teddy Ruxpin - that obnoxious talking teddy bear.

Teddy Ruxpin

1986: Nintendo Entertainment System - the birth of the true video game generation.

1987: Popples - something I truly do not remember.

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1988 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - still around. Unfortunately, kids with these toys had issues when they had to study famous artists of all time. 

1989 -  The Game Boy - now Nintendo was portable.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Norman Rockwell's Christmas

Norman Rockwell chronicled basic American life like no other. Like his Thanksgiving Table piece, his Christmas pictures show life as it really was.

"Merry Christmas, Grandma!’

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                                                  "Christmas Surprise" 1954

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                                        "Jolly Postman" 

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An exhausted Santa
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                                                  Too tired to stay up

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                                                     "The Discovery " (1956)
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"Oh Boy! Its Pop with a new Plymounth"

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He was known to use friends and neighbors from his little town of Arlington, Vermont,  as models for his pictures.  There are even copies of photos of the scenes he depicted in his archives.

He once said, 

"Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed."