Tuesday, 11 March 2014

THAT'S A SLINKY LITTLE NUMBER...



SLINKY it was called - and it was (slinky, that is).   It was 1969 and my family were holidaying in Largs for the second year running.  If I recall correctly, we were in a shop with a display of this particular toy in action and, being impressed, my brother immediately bought one.  I still remember, holiday over and back home ('cos our rented holiday residence was a single-storey), observing Slinky descending the hall stairs.  It really seemed like a thing alive, so my delicate eardrums were grateful for the absence of COLIN CLIVE's histrionics as this amazing toy performed its perambulations for our entertainment and enjoyment.

Maybe one day Slinky will be able to make his way up the stairs as well as down.  If that ever happens, I'll be sure to buy another one.  In the meantime, here's the 'lad' himself.  (A replacement for the one we had in the '60s.)

6 comments:

Andrew May said...

Did you see this when it was viral on YouTube a couple of years ago? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCMmmEEyOO0

Kid said...

It's a bit like a cartoon character walking off a cliff without noticing, and only starting to fall once he sees what he's done. Ta, Andrew.

Chris Sobieniak said...

I don't suppose the famous jingle heard here in the states was brought over to to the UK too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3tKDEw4Dg4

Kid said...

I don't remember ever seeing Slinky advertised on U.K. telly, Chris. I'll get back to you on that one.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Sad. Not that your childhood was missing something we've had for decades (since those commercials ran endlessly).

Kid said...

It may well have been advertised on British telly, Chris, it's just that I've no particular recollection of it.

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