Archive for January 24th, 2014

SURVIVOR IS 94 YEARS OLD TODAY!

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Pictured (center) is munchkin Jerry Maren from the 1939 film 
classic The Wizard of Oz

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Jerry as cartoon character “Buster Brown”, the advertising mascot
for Buster Brown Shoes.

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Jerry Maren (Gerard Marenghi)

Actor Jerry Maren is the only confirmed surviving dwarfmunchkin from
The Wizard of Oz, in which he portrayed a member of the Lollipop Guild.

He became the last surviving Munchkin cast member following the death
of Ruth Duccini (below) on January 16, 2014.

 

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Last surviving female munchkin member, Ruth Duccini

2013

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LOOKING BACK AT TODAY IN HISTORY

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                            Ross Simpson

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WONDER TOY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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Credit for the invention of Silly Putty is disputed. It has been attributed to Earl
Warrick
, of the then newly formed Dow Corning in 1943 and also Harvey Chin;
and James Wright, a Scottish inventor working for General Electric in New
Haven,  Connecticut.Throughout his life, Warrick insisted that he and his
colleague, Rob Roy McGregor, received the patent for Silly Putty before
Wright did; but Crayola’s history of Silly Putty states that Wright invented
it first.

In 1961 Silly Putty went worldwide, becoming a hit in the Soviet Union and
Europe. In 1968 it was taken into lunar orbit by the Apollo 8 astronauts.

Silly Putty was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2001.

                   SillyPutty

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PATENT ISSUED ON THIS DAY IN 1922

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Danish immigrant Christian Nelson, a schoolteacher and candy store owner,
began experimenting in 1921 with different ways to adhere melted chocolate
to bricks of ice cream in Onawa, Iowa. He began selling his invention under
the name "I-Scream Bars." In 1921, he filed for a patent, and secured an
agreement with local chocolate producer Russell C. Stover to mass-produce
them under the new trademarked name "Eskimo Pie", a name suggested by
Mrs.. Stover, and to create the Eskimo Pie Corporation. After the patent 
was issued on January 24, 1922, Nelson franchised the product, allowing
ice cream manufacturers to produce them under that name.

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Christian Kent Nelson (1922)

 

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Early ad for Eskimo Pies, November 3, 1921

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