Little Snoopy

In Stephen King’s epic series, “The Dark Tower”, he writes about the Gunslinger’s world, and how it has “moved on”, and by doing so things have become strange, lost, changed in unforeseeable ways.  It is very much how I feel about our world – it most certainly is not the one I grew up in, and I find it is the little losses that I really notice.

At one stage, every home you went into probably had a 500 series rotary phone, hardwired to the wall.  Even owners of these ‘new’ plastic fantastic phones may have missed the days of the old bakelite ones.

500 Series Rotary Phone

500 Series Rotary Phone

But the world has moved on, and now you can get a rotary dialing iPhone application if you are feeling nostalgic.  Bet you can’t tap out the phone number you want to dial on the ‘hook’ and have it ring your number though (the way we used to be able to get free calls from phone boxes – take your phone number, such as 438454 (the number I grew up with), and tap out 6.7.2.6.5.6. (with a slight pause between each number))

iPhone Rotary Phone

iPhone Rotary Phone

In children’s toys the world really has “moved on”. These days it is all plastic (crap), made in China (or wooden, painted with lead paint, but we won’t go there).

Case in point, Little Snoopy.

Current version:

Fisher Price Lil Snoopy

Fisher Price Lil Snoopy

Original version, made from wood, with a stuck-on paper ‘picture’, bent axles (so it wobbles when pulled), a clacker, and a spring tail with a wooden tip

1965 Little Snoopy

1965 Little Snoopy

Mine isn’t in as good a condition as this, but it still has charm (and I remember it as one of my favourite toys – guess it much have been, since I still have it after almost 40 years). Imagine one of those new plastic ones lasting 40 years.  These days, the wowsers would most likely complain that the wooden tail tip is a choking hazard, and there are pinch points or something, but to my mind, after 40 years it has proven itself above such criticisms.

The next generation meets "Snoopy"

The next generation meets "Snoopy"

There is something fundamentally charming about wooden toys. But the world has moved on.

Guess it is up to us to try to keep alive the traditional toys, rebelling against the plastic generation.

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