Sunday, December 03, 2006

Silly Putty


Okay, so erector sets were a tad before my time on the Baby Boom scale. Silly Putty, on the other hand, was the "IN" thing during my youth! I recall seeing the ads (like this one from a 1966 comic) and buying it at Woolworths. In fact, I recall buying it a number of times over the years, usually in its traditional plastic egg container. Once, though, I found and bought Silly Putty (or possibly a knock-off) in a cool plastic skull container. Being the CAPTAIN AMERICA fan that I am, I naturally painted the white skull container red. I still have it! I'm sure you all know that Silly Putty was invented by accident when trying to discover a rubber substitute for use in World War II. If not, here's a link that will tell you all about that:Silly Putty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As a kid, the important thing was that it could pick up comics images from the cheap pulp paper and stretch them!! Ahhahahahaha! What fun!! It didn't taste that bad as I recall either!

2 comments:

Jamdin said...

I loved Silly Putty but I found out very quickly not to use it with my comic books for the images seemed paler than before. I did enjoy using it on the comic strips from the newspapers.

The only Silly Putty that I ever found came in the plastic egg-shaped container, which was fun to play with too. I would roll up the Silly Putty and shake it in the egg. However, my favorite thing to do with the Silly Putty was to create a hollow center and "pop" it by squeezing it with my hands.

Rick Phillips said...

I remember Silly Putty. I played with it like taking the images off comic books and the comics from the newspapers. I love stretching them out of shape. I also used them to make disguises like mustaches, beards, sunglasses etc. for my action figures like Captain Action, Big Jim and G.I. Joe. I had alot of fun with Silly Putty.