From Pipi’s Pasture: Toys back then

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All those years that we were growing up on the ranch, my siblings and I had plenty of time to play. We received toys for birthdays and Christmas, but we had only a fraction of the toys most kids have today. We certainly didn’t have computers, video games or the electronic gadgets that kids enjoy at the present time. We didn’t even have a television set in our home until I was a teenager.

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Diane Prather

This week, my brother Duane Osborn and I have been reminiscing about the toys we played with when we were growing up so that’s the focus of this week’s “From Pipi’s Pasture.”

Nearly all of our toys required us to use our imaginations. For example, my sister Charlotte Allum and I got a doll house one Christmas. It is made of some sort of metal, which is probably why we still have it. The house is fairly large with an open front part. The two-story house has a chimney, a back door that opens, and a bunch of windows along the back and sides of the house, each window with 12 small open spaces that are supposed to represent panes.

The house was painted so that there is a lot of detail. The roof is covered with blue shingles, and the outside of the house was made to look as if it were made of brick. There’s some greenery (vines or trees) along the sides, too. Inside, the rooms were painted with details such as cupboards, bookshelves, curtains and wall hangings. The baby’s room has nursery rhyme characters painted all along one wall.

At one time there was furniture for the house, too. I can remember a couch — I think it was blue — and some throw rugs. Just think how much fun we had playing out imaginary scenarios with the house!

When I was pretty young, old enough to remember, I got a barn set as a gift. The barn was bright red and made of heavy cardboard. I think it may have required some putting together. I’m sure there were animals, too, and perhaps fences. I just remember how much I enjoyed that barn, and I wish I still had it.

Duane remembers playing with trucks and tractors. He even had discs, plows and other pieces of equipment that went with the tractors. He had a farm set, too, though it was made of plastic. He also had some toy guns. One year he got a Scruffy boat (you may remember the book about Scruffy). He recalls taking the boat out to float on the water in

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