Friday, January 19, 2007

shoeboxes & captain kangaroo


My biggest problem when I was four years old was that we never had enough shoeboxes. I was always so happy when anyone in the family got new shoes because it meant that I could finally make the thing that Captain Kangaroo made that day. Oh, but the day that he made a choo-choo and used 5 or 6 at once!

Enjoy this trip down memory lane. Especially the commercials.

I can see now why these sorts of commercials were so effective at giving me the gimmees!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

We never had enough shoe boxes either. I always wanted them for Barbie furniture (and I used to use my mom's rings for Barbie tiaras!). Thanks for bringing back those memories.

Carrie J said...

I made my doll house out of regular cardboard boxes glued and taped together and decorated with furniture and rugs cut out of Sears and Pennys catalogs. Making them was always more fun than playing with them.

mo said...

Oh that was so great! I had that little Raggedy Ann and Andy Colorform House! What a great thing to share- thanks.

Sarah and Jack said...

I just bought my little boy Thomas The Train Colorforms for Christmas, and nostalgia was a HUGE part of the deciding factor!

Anonymous said...

We didn't have Captain Kangaroo when I was growing up in Canada, but we had Mr. Dressup and he was very much the same. He had a "tickle trunk" filled with treasures and costume pieces.

In Canada, if you say "I will get it out of my tickle trunk" everyone knows what you mean. I use my tickle trunk as a coffee table in my office. Everyone knows it has good things in it that always change. Right now it has cheerleading pompoms, play money, PEZ dispensers, an Albert Einstien marionette and a crystal slipper.

Anonymous said...

I miss Captain Kangaroo! Thanks for making me feel little again!

Theresa's Lavender Box said...

Oh my goodness! Had the Raggety Ann colorforms, I am sure it was a short time after I saw that commercial. LOVED Captain Kangaroo. I think I need some super sugar crisps N-O-W.

Michelle M White said...

Awwwww...that was so fun to see! I loved it!!!

Mary Beth said...

Oh you made me
laugh
out
LOUD
with your opening comment that you didn't have enough shoe boxes.
My mom once bought me a wallpaper book!!!
Now THAT was great fun to decorate boxes with. My barbies lived in SUCH luxury!!!
I also had a "Make and Do" encyclopedia and I wanted to make everything and anything in it, but we never had the supplies around.
Now....
I
do!!!!
LOVE being a grown up ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the smiles! I loved watching this. I wish we still had Captain Kangaroo for my daughters to watch.

cruststation said...

Fantastic, I love old adverts, thanks for sharing.

~Vicki said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I loved the Captain, moose, bunny rabbit, and of course, MR Greenjeans! That shoebox house he made must've stuck in my subconscious, somehow. I'm still doing that it seems! :o)

Cindy said...

Just watched this with my 9 year old daughter and six year old son. Great memories! Thanks for sharing.

MJ said...

My 20 month old & 3.5 yrs old girls were glued to this ~ what a great shoebox craft for kids!! Don't you love vintage children's tv? I remember making the Betty Crocker cakes & icing but we never had the oven! Yummy!!