Wordless Wednesday – Bill Damery and Amy Clark 1964

Bill Damery and Amy Clark – I’m the cute one…….

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 7, Toys

This week’s prompts:  What was your favorite childhood toy? Is it still being made in some form today?

I played with Barbie, Kiddles, and my baby dolls.  I also had a Crissy Doll that grew it’s hair. I collected any and all things horses – Breyer horses, porcelain figurines, books, anything with a horse. 

Barbies and Breyer horses are still produced today.  Mattel has long discontinued the Kiddles dolls.  Ideal no longer makes the Crissy doll.  My collection of Breyer horses was given to one of my mother’s friend’s daughter’s while I was at college. (No, I still have not forgiven Mom for that!)   I still have most of my dolls from my childhood including my Sister Belle doll, my Barbies, and my Crissy Doll.

My Grandmother made clothes for my dolls when I came to visit during the summer, I still have the items she made.  I think the clothes mean more to me than the dolls themselves.  

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/)

Clark Family Bible

Bible presented to Mrs. Otis Clark, undated.  Holy Bible King James Version, Red Letter Edition. Grandma Clark, Ruby Poundstone Clark, listed the birth of everyone in the household and some of the deaths.  It appears that the bible was filled in shortly after she received it.  The entries must have been made at the some time since they are all in the same ink, with the exception of the name of the infant, David Ross, being added at a later time.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week 6: Radio & Television

Week 6: Radio and Television. What was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?

In the month of December, Mom would tune in a serial on the radio called the Cinnamon Bear.  The radio show was originally from 1937 and told the tale of a brother and sister trying to find their missing Christmas tree star in Maybeland with the help of a stuffed bear that came to life.  I do not remember the station Mom found the radio show on but I remember her tuning it in each year.

I also remember the whole family sitting down to watch Wild Kingdom and then The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights.  Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was all about animals from all over the world.  Disney had documentaries, cartoons and and educational shows.

Of course during the junior high days, there was the monthly ABC After School Specials.  For some reason I really enjoyed watching those.  The stories were always different. The trick to watching them was to get home before my brother.  Matt wanted to watch cartoons, the Three Stooges or baseball, ugh…….  Sometime during junior high I got my own tv in my room which was a big improvement over watching TV in the basement if Mom and Dad were watching in the family room. 

Thank you to Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/ for the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History prompts (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/).