Small Talk Tag: Imagination

A Pistol from the (Past) Future

Buck Rogers Space Pistol

In 1928, the world was introduced to Buck Rogers, a World War I hero who spent 500 years in a suspended state after exposure to radioactive gas. Rogers awoke as a full-fledged superhero equipped with a futuristic weapon. As his popularity grew, Rogers’s adventures were chronicled in comic books and a radio show.

First sold in 1934, the Buck Rogers XZ-31Rocket Pistol by Daisy Manufacturing Company was one of the first “space guns” ever produced. Its futuristic shape and distinctive lines made it the grandfather of rayguns. The gun had a distinctive “zap” sound and retailed for 50 cents. When it was first offered in Macy’s Department Store, over 2,000 people stood in line to get one!

17 Winter Street’s Kitchen

vintage dollhouse kitchen

Over time, dollhouse contents can get separated from their original dollhouse. While we try our best at T/m to play a successful game of “Are You My Mother?,” we aren’t always victorious. So, we tried our best to locate contents that were representative of the furnishings that Mamie Burt may have used in her dollhouse.

Mamie’s kitchen was already quite spectacular with a dry sink, faux painted cabinets, a brick hearth, and a trough for mixing bread dough. The contents chosen to furnish Mamie’s house included what we think is a spectacular set of food (although probably not the tastiest). Using a lot of imagination, some little boy or girl designed this spread using some very pretty rocks. Yes, you read that right, rocks! We’d guess it’s a feast of ham with a side of lettuce and some delicacy with a drool-worthy crust garnished with capers. But, that’s just what our imagination would say!

“When You Were 10, What Did Your Imagination Tell You To Do?”

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Have you heard of Caine’s Arcade?! This little boy’s imagination not only created an awesome cardboard arcade, but sparked a movement, and a foundation, to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids. The Imagination Foundation’s second annual Global Cardboard Challenge aims to engage 1 million kids in 70 countries in creative play. What will you make out of cardboard on October 6?

After his TEDxTeen talk, Caine is moving on to his next entrepreneurial project: Caine’s Bike Shop. But no fear, TOMS Shoes, in partnership with the Imagination Foundation, is taking Caine’s Arcade on the road. We’re looking forward to seeing where Caine’s imagination takes him next!