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Monster Korner Vintage Hobby Shop

on September 23, 2008 - 11:48pm

gumball machine prizes
I was playing around on flickr when I came across toyranch's account. It's a fun collection of vintage (1940ish-1980ish) toys and ads of monsters and Halloween. For example, there is an entire album dedicated to monster gumball toys (pictured right).

There are two other pictures that caught my eye (more, actually, but these were my favourites). Scanned from the Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine (issue #38, to be precise), here's a photograph that makes me wish I could step back in time. The caption beneath it reads:

Rich Palmer ran the nation's largest volume hobby shop in Parsippany, New Jersey. Aurora hired him to organize its Monster Customizing Contest in 1964. Aurora received national television attention when the CBS Evening News visited his shop. Walter Cronkite and Palmer held a conversation in the "Monster Korner" of the store. Big Frankie occupies the top shelf in the Monster Korner.

Old Hobby Shop

The last one is a really creepy ad for children costumes. From my childhood, I distinctly remember the feeling of pressing my tongue against the small plastic hole (too small for real ventilation) where the mouth is. Trying not to snap the cheap white elastic string free from the staples (which sometimes weren't bent flat to the mask so it either scratched you or caught your hair). Feeling ridiculous in a costume that was essentially a full body plastic lobster bib. Good times.

Creepy Costume Ad

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