There’s something to be said for being
easily amused. In the 1940s,
toy inventor Eddie Goldfarb saw an ad for a
false-teeth holder called a “Tooth Garage” and he started cracking up.
In his head, he saw a pair of dentures, chomping and sputtering down the
road like a car, and
parking on their own.
Thus, in 1949, Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth—the
wildly popular wind-up gag commonly known as “chattering teeth”—were
By Lisa Hix
Here we are, in 2011, a.k.a. "The Future." We've made leaps and bounds in science that we couldn't even imagine 50 years ago. You'd think the science toys of our age would be mind-bending in their ability to awe and inspire young chemists and biologists. Instead, kids today are being protected within an inch of their lives, while adults apparently live in dread of unsupervised children running amuck with the powers of modern science at their tiny fingertips.
This article originally appeared here over at Colletors Weekly, where you'll also find lots more great articles on diecast and tinplate cars and other collectible toys. The words and pictures are by prominent Toy Collector member pixmax.