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Posted: 12/11/20 04:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So here I am, reminiscing again. I was somewhere under 12 when I received my 2 favorite gifts on separate Christmases
1. A chemistry set
2. A microscope

My parents knew I was interested in science, so they gave me gifts accordingly,
I’m not sure if a chemistry set is available nowadays due to concerns over kids concocting some sort of dangerous substance. I do admit I made gunpowder once, using the sulfur and powdered charcoal contained in the set. I obtained potassium nitrate from another source. Not having bomb making experience, I never got it to explode, though. [emoticon]

The microscope wasn’t a piece of plastic junk, like you often find today. It was all metal and close to being professional quality. It certainly wasn’t purchased in a toy store. I spent many a time inspecting pond water, among other things. It’s quite amazing, the creatures you find living in a drop of pond water. I wish I still owned that microscope today.


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mr. ed wrote:

So here I am, reminiscing again. I was somewhere under 12 when I received my 2 favorite gifts on separate Christmases
1. A chemistry set
2. A microscope

My parents knew I was interested in science, so they gave me gifts accordingly,
I’m not sure if a chemistry set is available nowadays due to concerns over kids concocting some sort of dangerous substance. I do admit I made gunpowder once, using the sulfur and powdered charcoal contained in the set. I obtained potassium nitrate from another source. Not having bomb making experience, I never got it to explode, though. [emoticon]

The microscope wasn’t a piece of plastic junk, like you often find today. It was all metal and close to being professional quality. It certainly wasn’t purchased in a toy store. I spent many a time inspecting pond water, among other things. It’s quite amazing, the creatures you find living in a drop of pond water. I wish I still owned that microscope today.


Go ahead and buy a decent one.
My wife who was a biology major and science and math teacher and I have always loved ever aspect of nature and quite a few years ago after raising a family of eight got a chance to spend a few bucks on ourselves and bought a good microscope.
I Love playing on it and can for hours at a time enjoy watching the microscopic pak men and other mini critters in a tiny drop.
We winter in the Florida Keys and what has amazed me the most is the fact that I see the exact same hydra, protozoa and amoebas in a drop of salt water from the mangroves that I see in a drop of fresh water from our mountain ponds.


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What I recall is that there were many advertisements which had pictures of doctors and nurses wearing face masks. I do NOT recall ANY of us not knowing the purpose of these face masks. My Mom made several cloth masks for us to wear whenever we played doctors and nurses. Toy microscopes were fascinating,...in 1947.


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Cloud Dancer wrote:

What I recall is that there were many advertisements which had pictures of doctors and nurses wearing face masks. I do NOT recall ANY of us not knowing the purpose of these face masks. My Mom made several cloth masks for us to wear whenever we played doctors and nurses. Toy microscopes were fascinating,...in 1947.


I don't recall any interest in face masks back then. We'd play doctors and nurses with toy surgical tools and cinnamon flavored red candies that were included for "medicine".

Yes, and those toy microscopes were just that..toys. (cheap plastic construction and poor optics). I'm glad my wonderful parents had the foresight to give me a real, quality microscope. I kept it for years, but when I returned home after 4 years in the military the microscope couldn't be found. Evidently one of my siblings absconded with it! [emoticon]

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Christmas 1961 got my first NEW bicycle.....24" with 3 speed thumb shifter on handle bar.
Course Christmas in UT meant SNOW....but I was out there riding it up/down our street with a huge smile

December 1963 got my first shotgun --- single shot .410 and box of shells
Got to go Pheasant Hunting with my Dad and Brother just before end of season.
First Pheasant startled me --- waited until I was almost on top of it before taking flight...and when they jump up it's like a prop plane right in front of you.
Got my first Pheasant that day....but mostly was running down/packing the ones Dad & Brother shot


Christmas 1965 got a chemistry lab (lots of chemicals, metal microscope, flasks, test tubes).
Basement had a 'coal room' where back in the day coal was delivered ....dumped down the coal chute into that room. Room had a half door.
That place became my laboratory.
Made lots of rockets, 'cracker balls', firecrackers, roman candles (unbeknown to my folks!!)....came to an abrupt halt when I stunk up the whole house mixing some chemicals together

Chemistry Kit....full of dangerous chemicals w/o much warning labels etc
Couldn't get one now w/o Federal License LOL

Played Doctor with Michelle....new neighbor...don't remember any surgical toys but sure do remember Michelle !!!!!

Growing up in the 50s, 60s was GREAT!!


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Mine would be a model train set we all had to share and I still have all of the rolling except the engine 40 years later. Any new toy truck or hot wheels were all I ever asked for.

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1. IBM PC Jr. (I laughed my head off when Apple brought back the chicklet keyboard!)
2. Boombox and headphones

With that combination, and my own purchase of Borland Turbo Pascal, I could rock out without bothering anyone while writing fairly simple applications. Yes, I'm a Software Engineer, and I still like listening to music while I code. [emoticon]


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In 1948, for Christmas, I got my first 'real' fishing rod and reel. I had been fascinated by seeing advertisements of fishing equipment in some of my Dad's magazines. But, the ultimate Christmas present was a 1951 real English racing bike, special-ordered from Sears and Roebuck. Nobody around where I grew up had ever seen one.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Christmas 1961 got my first NEW bicycle.....24" with 3 speed thumb shifter on handle bar.
Course Christmas in UT meant SNOW....but I was out there riding it up/down our street with a huge smile

December 1963 got my first shotgun --- single shot .410 and box of shells
Got to go Pheasant Hunting with my Dad and Brother just before end of season.
First Pheasant startled me --- waited until I was almost on top of it before taking flight...and when they jump up it's like a prop plane right in front of you.
Got my first Pheasant that day....but mostly was running down/packing the ones Dad & Brother shot


Christmas 1965 got a chemistry lab (lots of chemicals, metal microscope, flasks, test tubes).
Basement had a 'coal room' where back in the day coal was delivered ....dumped down the coal chute into that room. Room had a half door.
That place became my laboratory.
Made lots of rockets, 'cracker balls', firecrackers, roman candles (unbeknown to my folks!!)....came to an abrupt halt when I stunk up the whole house mixing some chemicals together

Chemistry Kit....full of dangerous chemicals w/o much warning labels etc
Couldn't get one now w/o Federal License LOL

Played Doctor with Michelle....new neighbor...don't remember any surgical toys but sure do remember Michelle !!!!!

Growing up in the 50s, 60s was GREAT!!


Your post reminds me of going hunting with my 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun. That was quite a bit overkill for the small game on Long Island, I recall firing at a fleeing rabbit. It dropped dead immediately, but I couldn’t find any wound on its body. I believe it died of fright from the blast of the shotgun!

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Hammerhead wrote:

Mine would be a model train set we all had to share and I still have all of the rolling except the engine 40 years later. Any new toy truck or hot wheels were all I ever asked for.


I also got a Lionel train set one year. the engine and various cars were all full-size (I think there were smaller versions available at the time, but maybe I'm thinking of the HO model trains, which were quite small, as I recall).

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