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I like to write about decorating projects and remembrances of my childhood on Balaclava St.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Gay Old Time

I love old toys.
I have saved just a few of my sons' toys...
their special bed-time buddies, their GI Joes, dinky cars,
and super hero figurines.
I wish I had had the foresight to save more of them.

From my own childhood I have nothing, so
when I spotted one of my most beloved cartoon characters
from childhood, I had to buy him


I was crazy about the Flintstones when I was a kid
I loved their clever use of animals: pelicans as dishwashers and garbage cans; the elephant shower; a mastadon vacuum cleaner; a turtle and a needle-beaked bird who worked in tandem as a record player; a saw toothed dinosaur who was the lawnmower; the little pig under the sink who was the garbage disposal; the bumblebee in a clamshell who was Fred's razor; birds as clothespins, to name a few.
The one that cracked me up the most was the tv remote!
Press the button a door flips down a bird flys over to the tv and changes the channel or turns it on or off then returns to the remote.  Priceless

And the 'appliances' talked and made sarcastic comments and  complained a lot about how over-worked they were. I loved that.


 It did bother me that Betty and Wilma always wore the same
thing. I think the creators (Hanna-Barbera) could have changed
up their outfits once in a while.
I did notice that Fred and Barney had tuxes and
special hats they wore for Lodge meetings.

Anyyabbadabbahow.....
My Fred Flintstone doll is an original from the 1960s.


Some time later I came across this 1960s Barney Rubble doll.
Barney was one of my fave characters. He didn't have
green hair, so there's no explaining the decision to
give this doll green hair.

As a kid, I hated the way Fred treated Barney at times.


Serendipity led me to this Bam Bam doll.
Bam Bam was a little brat, but his mom Betty
didn't seem to mind.
And he came in real handy when there was
heavy lifting to be done.





A couple of years ago, I came across this 1990's version of
Barney Rubble, based on Rick Moranis' characterization of
Barney in the Flintstones Movie.



Some day I hope to have the whole modern stone-age family. I'm on the lookout for Pebbles, Wilma, Betty and Dino.

Only then will I have a Yabba-Dabba-Do-Time.



 

During the closing credits Wilma and Fred
shilled for Winston cigarettes...with
a modern-day lighter.

Lyrics to the Flintsone Theme Song:

"Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyabba-dabba-doooooooo!"
Flintstones... Meet the Flintstones,
They're a modern stoneage family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.
Let's ride with the family down the street.
Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet.
When you're with the Flintstones,
have a yabba dabba doo time,
a dabba doo time,
we'll have a gay old time

Flintstones... Meet the Flintstones,
They're a modern stoneage family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.
Someday, maybe Fred will win the fight,
And that cat will stay out for the night.
When you're with the Flintstones,
have a yabba dabba doo time,
a dabba doo time,
we'll have a gay old time
"Wiiilllllmmmmmmaaaaaa!!!" bang bang bang

10 comments:

  1. Cute toys, I loved the Flinstone's too when I was little, truth is I'd watch them again if I could find them.

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  2. Classic! I Love the flinstone's! Great vintage toy finds!

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  3. I hesitate to mention this, just having started following your blog... but I had a Pebbles doll as a kid. Now I wonder where it is. Thanks for the great memory. Love your blog.

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  4. I love the Flintstones - they were always my favorite!! What wonderful treasures you found ;O)

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  5. I also loved the Flintstones growing up. Your collection is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this at my party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  6. Love this stuff! Say Jeannie, when you get a minute check out some of my Flintstones posts on Arglebargle on Blogger! Later - CmC

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  7. I have an original Fred Flinstone from the '60s that goes with your Hanna Barbara Barney. They were actually bought in sets. I have no idea where the rest of them went but somehow I managed to hold onto my Fred. He is in great condition with just a little black worn off of a couple peaks of his head.

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  8. The Flintstones was originally a sitcom aimed at adults and it always surprises me when ppl are shocked by a cigarette sponsor, also the 60's, hello! I must say though when you captioned the Fred and Wilma Winston pic you say a modern lighter. How does two sticks rubbing together in a stone case seem modern to you? LOL.

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