I had to write, cause I was searching for the kit of the month club as I remember it. Started out as a weather station and went into electronics, optics, ended with a Cloud Chamber atomic energy kit.. lol Man. Those were great. My mom paid for them while my Dad complained about the cost. Seems like it was around 25 buck back in the late 60's. I learned the resistor code back when I was about 12.. Those kits were great and some how, I have no idea how, I completed all of them and they all worked, ( some times after a couple attempts at wiring it ). Funny.. exposed 110 volt transformer and all. I made the oscillator and some people walking down the street asked me what I was doing.. Oh.. building an oscillator.. They thought I was a mad scientist. I later went on to become an engineer in the merchant marine where I got to play with all the "real toys". But I saw your weather station on your web site and it was like, HEY THAT'S IT! .. it sat on top of our mobile home for years and it eventually deteriorated after spinning around for years. Great stuff. I wish they had something simiar these days but I'm sure can never be the same, given safety and such. Do you have any more of those kits? Did you build them? Brings back such memories. Thanks for sharing the pics on your web site!
USA - Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 18:02:16 (MST)
I actually have a walking penny bank by Tigrett Industries (No. 11-98) in very god shape and still in the original box. I was surprised to actually find these vintage clown banks online and was curious as to its value. Can't seem to find a value anywhere on ebay, but it was still fun finding this site. Thanks
Wyoming , MI USA - Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 21:14:16 (MST)
The Disney Fantasy Puzzle was just what I was hoping to find, and you provided the key to solve that "puzzle"! I was able to then obtain one (thanks to your pictures and details) and now I can enjoy this puzzle with my own two small children. I just wanted to say thank you. :0)
Seattle, USA - Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:57:17 (MDT)
I used to have a Chutes Away, and I played it every day for a couple years. I loved that toy. Thanks for the memory
Canada - Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 00:38:10 (MDT)
I had one of the Custom Styling sets too. Long gone unfortunately. Just for fun I downloaded and printed the sheets you so kindly posted and spent a pleasant few hours with my 10 y.o. grandson.
USA - Monday, September 29, 2014 at 12:59:27 (MDT)
I'm seventeen and I've just inherited a bunch of architectural and other graphic design things from a great uncle who died recently. In with a bezillion mechanical pencils, templates, drafting sets, triangles, and four Keuffel and Esser slide rules was the light box to the Lakeside "Custom Styling" set. I had no idea what it was used for until I found your site. I really appreciate the time and effort you've taken to scan the original tracing masters, and now understand how a design toy like this one would have captivated a boy in the late 'Fifties. Especially one already oriented towards graphics and technical interests. His sister told me my uncle played with the set constantly, along with the largest of Erector sets, Kenner building sets, and Lionel trains. I used the antique automobile set last night to "design" a touring car...and got the weirdest feeling that I wasn't alone, and whomever or whatever was there was awesomely happy.
Richard van der Bouwijn <email@example.com>
Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:30:08 (MDT)
Looking for the name of a (I think) Hasbro "Adventures in Light" toy that was like a "Wonder Art" drawing slate crossed with a "Lite Brite" electric screen. You "draw" in black, viscous liquid trapped underneath a clear vinyl sheet, that reveals rainbow colors that are backlit like a Lite Brite. It was shaped the same as an original "Lite Brite," and plugged in the same way, but didn't have little pegs that could get lost/be underfoot, which is why my mother bought it, I'm sure. Does anyone else remember this toy? What was it called?
USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 14:26:00 (MDT)
Thanks so much for providing the scanned cards for the electronic detective game. My set was missing and now I plan to print these and laminate them and back to playing ELECTRONIC DETECTIVE. You are a great guy Sam !!!
Dave Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Crossville, TN USA - Sunday, September 07, 2014 at 23:54:46 (MDT)
This is one of the few toys I had as a young girl. I loved it because I had the candy one and made tootie fruity insects. It was magical to say the least.
Upper Darby, PA USA - Friday, September 05, 2014 at 07:59:57 (MDT)
Never before saw Agent 0 radio-doggone cooler than cool! Thank you...
Peter Weitzman <email@example.com>
Richmond Hill, NY USA - Friday, August 01, 2014 at 19:55:25 (MDT)
I am sending mine to my neice, who is a Doctor. She recovering from an accident. She will have her Jaw wired for 6 weeks. I think she will enjoy doing this.
alverne, NY USA - Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 08:20:17 (MDT)
Thanks for the link to the instructions for Booby-Trap (1965). I recently obtained it and wanted to try it out. Thanks for taking the time to post the link.
Phoenix, AZ USA - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 18:09:31 (MDT)
I have been collecting Mattels maker products. I have the chocolate factory and now the Western World Injector. Your site has helped me greatly in my hunt for my collection. Thanks!
Teri Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cranberry TWP, PA - Pennsylvania USA - Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 08:44:29 (MDT)
Circa 1966-68, I had the Analog Computer, the Cloud Chamber, and an Electricity Kit. Thanks for posting this. Very cool.
Joel DeCaro <email@example.com>
Buellton, CA USA - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 13:31:34 (MDT)
The kid eating the snake on the cover of incredible edibles is me LOL Never even knew they did a caricature version, Thanks for posting
Steve Radogna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA - Friday, March 14, 2014 at 15:21:11 (MDT)
I have interviewed a woman who has been a computer programmer for many years. She got a Think-a-Tron when she was 9 and figured out how to program it herself.
Jenny McDermott <email@example.com>
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 22:06:50 (MDT)
e a salty seal daisy mystery gun exactly like the one in the pic with everything including the box in great shape for sail make an offer
wa USA - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 18:18:35 (MST)
Helping a friend outfit her son with some of the electronic science fair sort of kits and ran across your site. Intend to browse a bit. Thank you for your efforts.
Kansas City, MO USA - Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 14:31:50 (MST)
Hello Sam, Just a quick note here to say thank you very much!! I have bought a dutch version of the classic boardgame 'Sub Search' in a 2nd hand store today. When I opened the box later on the manual was missing. I did a search on the web and found your site with the scanned version of the english edition!! Thank you very much for the efforts of putting the manual online! You have saved the day here! Kind Regards from the Netherlands
Netherlands - Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 22:12:43 (MST)
I sure do wish I still had my Vac-U-Form! Of course, my folks got rid of my good toys years ago, and kept the junk. Wish I could find a Fireball XL5 spaceship! I loved that toy, and the TV show, too.
Kent Wartick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stow, OH USA - Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:04:02 (MST)
Contact me: Sam Cancilla, email@example.com.