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Holly Hobbie

Posted by Big Boo on July 6th, 2011

Original Holly HobbieIf you were one of those Child of the 1980’s that were actually born in the Seventies, then you may remember a range of girls toys named Holly Hobbie.

Holly Hobbie was not actually a toy range first and foremost however, in fact the rag doll style characters bearing the name were actually originally conceived for use on greetings cards. There are a surprising number of toy lines which started off this way, with the Care Bears and Rainbow Brite being two other examples I can think of off the top of my head.

Another interesting fact about Holly Hobbie is that the name for these old fashioned looking characters actually came from the artist that created them. Denise Holly Ulinskas was the artist in question, who married a man named Hobbie and so became known as Holly Hobbie! When she originally sold her designs to American Greetings the character had no name, so Holly’s name was used to refer to the images, and I guess that name must have just stuck.

The Holly Hobbie characters always had a little air of mystery about them, since most of the time they were drawn side on or from behind, and very little of the face (if any) was visible due to the large bonnet worn on the head. Obviously when the toy line was started the doll had to have a face, but it was always the bonnet, rag doll style dress and brown boots which took precedence.

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Fry’s Cream Chocolate Bars

Posted by Big Boo on July 4th, 2011

Frys Peppermint CreamNow here’s a range of chocolate bars that I still think of as being luxury ones, but only because back when I was a kid they were aimed at adults and so always seemed somewhat more exclusive than other bars. They always seemed to be tucked away at the back of the newsagent sweet shelves, next to the Bournville and Old Jamaica chocolate bars, which were also not really deemed for kids.

The range consisted of a curved segmented bar of chocolate, with each segment containing a dollop of flavoured fondant within. The type of chocolate used varied between milk and plain varieties, whichever was deemed to go best with the flavour of fondant. However, it’s recommended that you don’t scoff them too quickly, as they can be a bit sickly.

The first variety was the Fry’s Chocolate Cream. Personally I was never that fond of this particular one, as the fondant centre didn’t have a great taste in my opinion. However, I’m obviously in the minority as it will probably surprise you to learn that this chocolate bar could have been enjoyed by a Child of the 1880’s, as it was originally launched in 1866!

Next there were the Peppermint Cream and Orange Cream varieties. These were both much nicer and whilst they can be a little difficult to track down both of these flavours, and the Chocolate Cream, are still available. The Chocolate and Peppermint versions are usually easiest to find (I’ve personally seen both recently) but I don’t remember the last time I saw the Orange variety in a shop. However, if you follow the links on the flavours you can find somewhere to buy them on the Interwebs…

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Moon Boots

Posted by Big Boo on July 1st, 2011

Moon BootsLooking at a pair of classic design Moon Boots, it is immediately obvious how the name was chosen, as they look just like something an astronaut might wear. It’s hard to think of any other name that would suit them better.

Moon Boots were first created by Italian company Tecnica in the early Seventies, but it wasn’t until the Eighties that they really took the fashion world by storm.

They were originally designed as a highly practical shoe for use in snowy conditions, as they are waterproof, warm, and easy to slip on and off. Unlike most shoes they don’t come as a traditional left and right pair. Either boot can go on either foot.

The boots have a rubber sole made in two parts, a thin rubber outer layer, and a thicker cellular layer to cushion the feet. The shoe itself is often made from a polyester material, giving the boots that spacesuit like quality, but suede and fake furry versions are also available, though these tend to look more like a normal boot.

Laces cover the top of the foot before criss-crossing round the back of the leg to be tied up at the front near the top of the boot, which helps to keep the boots on when trudging about in thick snow.

The Moon Boot logo, written in a style that wouldn’t be out of place on Space 1999, adorns the side of the boot, so you can easily tell a proper pair from an imitation.

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