When I was a child in the first decade after the invention of the lightbulb, we didn’t have nothing fancy like your Pacman or your Halo or your Nintendo Wii. Most of our toys were made from wood and the few plastic ones were made from a brittle early plastic called bakelite. Hard to believe that was nearly a century ago, but the older you get, the faster time seems to speed by.
One toy that we had an especial love for was the Spirograph. Paper, coloured pens and a Spirograph allowed us to make wild and crazy designs. It was science meets psychedelia, man. Yeah – those little cog-type templates that allowed you to draw intricate geometric patterns. Here’s to that great old egghead recreation the Spirograph.
Generation Y, its joys await you. Below, enjoy this YouTubed 1970s ad for this most educational, yet fun, past-time.
P.S. If you’re a fan of bakelite you might like to travel to Jools K Zauscinski’s site dedicated to this early synthetic.