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Old 12-17-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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Probably a Big Bruiser battery powered tow truck by Marx at age 5 or 6.





I still have the tow truck and pickup with replaceable damaged fender. I was planning to repair it so that the truck would operate for my own sons when they were young. Now they are 38 and 36 and the tow truck is still in the attic with the same intermittent electrical issues it had when I was a pre-teen.


According to family lore, I received a fancy spring mounted rocking horse for Christmas of 1958 when I was 2-1/2. The next month my older sister had a 6th Birthday Party with her entire grade school class and the boy guests to her party snapped off the neck of my horse. Maybe too many riders? Maybe nothing else of interest for them to do but play with my horse? My parents replaced it but couldn't find the same model, so the one I remember from years of play is simpler/less detailed than the first horse.


I don't know if I was inconsolable about the broken horse, or if my parents felt incredibly guilty about inviting too many kids and/or not enough chaperones. Either way the broken horse was replaced, and other than a couple of grainy 60 year old Ekta-Chrome slides I would have no idea what the original horse looked like.


I actually liked the looks of the replacement horse better.
Sounds like a "Wonder Horse"- my cousins had one and I was envious - would rock and "gallop" continually whenever I visited them.

You can find photos of the Wonder-Horse online in sites about vintage toys.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile It was alive!!

My first puppy. A beautiful black and white collie.

I was 5.
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Every Christmas carried the threat that Dad would come home drunk and try killing Mom and we had to run out of the house. It didn't happen every year, but enough so that was mostly in my thinking.

So any presents I may have received are not remembered.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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An entire Barbie wardrobe, hand sewn by my mother. Overjoyed, I was.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:18 PM
 
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Not my first one, but I remember us getting a 1969 World Book Encyclopedia.
It weighed a ton. And I still have it.
I used to use the word Encyclopedia when playing hangman. That, and Mississippi would stump them every time.

I got a Mobo horse when I was about four. Pushing on the stirrups would make it move forward. I was a cute little girl with my horse and two shiny cap pistols with holsters. I soon advanced to making rubber band guns. Children were so bad in my day.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Texas of course
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An entire Barbie wardrobe, hand sewn by my mother. Overjoyed, I was.
I loved my Barbie's, my friend and I played with them for hours at a time! I had Barbie, Midge, Ken and Skipper. She had the Barbie car and I just thought that was so cool.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Texas of course
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Every Christmas carried the threat that Dad would come home drunk and try killing Mom and we had to run out of the house. It didn't happen every year, but enough so that was mostly in my thinking.

So any presents I may have received are not remembered.
I'm so sorry.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:39 PM
 
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Tiny Tears.

Doll you fed water and the water came out the doll's bottom...
I had a Tiny Tears also! I didn't have the other one though, which IIRC was called Betsy Wetsy.

Had a Ginny doll early on, and later a Barbie (the one in the black and white swimsuit) but not sure how old I was when I got her. Eventually got Ken as well. Never bothered with Midge or Skipper for some reason.

I had an Etch-a-Sketch but never became as good with it as most of my friends were. It was a source of frustration more than anything else, LOL. Then again I have never been known for my patience.

ETA: I loved paper-doll books; my favorite was Betsy McCall. Ironically, I never had the doll itself; just the paper dolls. Maybe the doll didn't come out until after I was past the playing-with-dolls age.
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:04 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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LOL I have no clue what my 1st Christmas gift was. The OP said What was the first Christmas present you remember? I just shared the 1st gifts I remember from Christmas.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwacxSnc4tI

Merry Christmas!
The first things that I actually remember were a set of legos and a jigsaw puzzle of Tom Corbet and his Space Cafets. I was in 💘 love with his voice. We didn't have tv yet, it was a radio show. Someone should start a thtead on the worst Christmas present. Aunts always gave me smelly Evening in Paris perfume.
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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A hershey bar.

Our family of 5 had just moved from Iowa to Phoenix 3 days before Christmas when I was 2.

Each kid got a hershey bar.
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